Aberdeen, WA – The Aberdeen Bobcats played host to the Elma Eagles at Stewart Field and came away with the non-league win in thrilling fashion.
Aberdeen had lost their previous two games by a combined score of 115-3 and was viewed as the massive underdog coming into this game as Elma had won its previous two games by lopsided scores.
But Friday night belonged to the blue and gold as they got the win 32-26 in double overtime.
The Bobcats opened the game with an impressive defensive stand and forced Elma to go three and out.
Then Aberdeen’s ensuing drive ended in a punt as well but then they forced the first of five Eagle turnovers on the night.
Bobcat defensive end Elijah Brown recovered a fumble and gave Aberdeen the ball at their own 43 yard line.
The Bobcats would then score their first touchdown of the season on a 53 yard run by Connar Sherman.
The 2 point conversion attempt failed giving Aberdeen the 6-0 lead.
Elma would then respond on their next drive with a 3 yard touchdown run by Brady Shriver.
The Eagles then missed their extra point which left the scored tied at 6.
Aberdeen then answered right back with a drive that ended with a 3 yard TD run by Ethan Morrill who then added the 2 point conversion to push the Bobcat lead to 14-6.
Aberdeen’s defense then forced another Elma three and out and the Bobcats took advantage.
On their first play on the drive, Sherman broke free again, this time for a 38 yard TD run to make it 20-6.
Then Elma fought back again.
Shriver pounded in his second TD from 6 yards out to make the score 20-12 which stood for the rest of the first half.
The second half was a defensive battle as both teams punted a combined seven times and Elma turned the ball over three times including two fumbles and an interception.
The first Eagle fumble in the second half was on the one yard line after a long drive, giving the Bobcats the ball at the 20 because the ball went into the endzone.
Elma got the ball back after an Aberdeen punt and again grinded down the field, this time Shriver punched in his third TD on the night from 2 yards out on the last play of the third quarter.
The Eagles then got the 2 point conversion to tie the game at 20.
Both defenses played outstanding in the 4th quarter holding their opponents scoreless.
The closest either team came to scoring in the final period of regulation was on the last play when Elma punted.
Sherman caught the punt and broke through to the right sideline.
The game then went into overtime.
Elma won the opening toss and chose to play defense.
High School overtime rules give each team the ball at the 25 yard line heading toward the near endzone.
Aberdeen drove the ball down to just outside the one yard line where it was fourth down and inches from the first down marker.
The Bobcats then gave the ball to fullback Kaiden Schubert to try and keep the drive going.
Aberdeen then went for the 2 point conversion and was stopped making the score 26-20.
Elma took over and they also drove the ball down to the one yard line where Shriver took over yet again.
The extra point attempt to win the game was barely missed leaving the score tied at 26 after the first overtime period.
Elma started the second overtime on offense but the turnover bug bit again and they fumbled the ball away on the first play.
All Aberdeen had to do was score to get the win and they turned to Morrill for his 37th carry in the game.
The Bobcats were led on the night by Morrill’s 37 carries for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Sherman had 6 carries for 107 yards and two TDs to go along with three big kick and punt returns as well.
For Elma, it was Shriver who carried the load as he finished with 29 carries for 115 yards and 4 TDs.
Video of the final TD run can be found below.
— Daniel Hargrove (@hargy13) September 21, 2019