By Kristan Krogman
It was an exciting conclusion to Homecoming Week as the White River Tigers escaped with a win Friday night at Tiger Field.
In a game that came down to extra point conversions, it was the White River Tigers who had the edge in the end. New Underwood had just matched White River with a touchdown in overtime number two, but they had to convert their extra points to force a third overtime. Senior Nic Waln covered the extra point try and came away with an interception, giving his team a 44-42 victory.
New Underwood set up the overtime theatrics after trailing 28-20 with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. They battled against the White River defense and the clock down the stretch, converting on a 4th down and 15 at one point. Penalties hampered both teams throughout the game. The WR Tigers committed a big one on a 4th and 2 with just seconds remaining and New Underwood took advantage of a second opportunity. Their 4 yard TD pass as the buzzer sounded resulted and kept their hopes of extending the game alive. With no time showing on the clock they converted with a 2 point run to force overtime.
Both teams were successful in the first overtime. Overtimes begin with a coin flip to determine who is awarded the ball first. Play commences on the ten yard line and after the first team either scores or is unsuccessful, the second team has a chance to match or exceed team one. If the score remains tied after both teams have had their turn, another overtime results. Both teams scored on their first play of overtime number one and both were successful with their 2 point conversions, setting up the thrilling end to the second overtime.
New Underwood took the early led at the game’s onset. White River gained the lead in quarter two with a Wyatt Krogman interception that was returned for a touchdown.
The second half began with New Underwood turning the ball over on another interception. With the exception of that first possession, every second half possession resulted in a touchdown for the offensive team. There were five touchdowns between the two teams and then New Underwood’s final drive that led to the exciting finish.
Nic Waln - 10 carries, 110 yards, 2 TDs; 1 reception, 25 yards; 7 tackles; 2 interceptions
Wyatt Krogman - 15 carries, 110 yards, 2 TDs; 6-8 passing, 1 TD; 5 tackles; 1 interception (returned for TD)
Gilbert Morrison - 4 carries, 29 yards; 2 receptions, 25 yards, 1 TD; 9 tackles
Ben Adrian - 1 rec, 11 yards; 2 tackles
Matt Gillen - 18 tackles
Christian Bartlett - 21 tackles
Tré Iyotte - 1 rec, 7 yards; 7 tackles
Justin Folkers - 1 tackle
Link Tucker - 6 tackles
Cory Rogers - 4 tackles
Cain Fairbanks - 1 tackle
White River converted two extra points in regulation, a pass to Gilbert Morrison and a pass to Bill Chauncey. New Underwood also converted two extra points. White River’s overtime 2 point conversions came on another Morrison reception and the second on a good run by Wyatt Krogman whose second effort propelled him across the goal line. New Underwood converted on a pass for two in the first overtime before their two point pass in the second overtime was intercepted.
NU 6 6 12 28 36 42
WR 0 8 22 28 36 44