LITTLE AXE – The McLoud Redskins were able to tie the game late in the fourth quarter but were unable to capitalize in overtime and lost to the Little Axe 26-20 Friday night.
LITTLE AXE – The McLoud Redskins were able to tie the game late in the fourth quarter but were unable to capitalize in overtime and lost to Little Axe 26-20 Friday night.
“We didn't execute from the start,” coach Rusty Hall said. “We dropped a lot of balls early and there were busted coverages all over the secondary. Physically we were there but we weren't there mentally.”
Little Axe struck first on a long fourth and goal as the Little Axe quarterback Steve Huff found David Santiago III on a 21-yard touchdown pass and the Indians took an early 6-0 lead.
McLoud's first series on offense resulted in minus-five yards and the Redskins were forced to punt.
On the Indians next series, McLoud's Logan Wheat was flagged for roughing the kicker to extend Little Axe's drive, eventually resulting in a punt.
On McLoud's third possession they lit up the scoreboard with a four-yard touchdown run by Damien Dye.
Redskins' starting quarterback Braxton Hall injured his ankle on the play. He returned momentarily but was replaced by sophomore Tyler Jones until returning in the second half.
Jones threw two drive-stalling interceptions in the second quarter.
Mason Nikkel recorded his first interception of the season as the Indians were threatening to score with less than a minute remaining in the half.
The Redskins came out in the second half and marched down the field and scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Hall to Nikkel. Damien Dye found Jones on the two point conversion and McLoud trailed 20-14.
Late in the fourth quarter, Hall punched it in from five yards out and the Redskins tied the game 20-20.
With less than two minutes on the clock, Little Axe drove down the field and set themselves up for a game-winning field goal but missed and the game went into an extra frame.
In overtime, McLoud had a chance to score first but were unable to do anything with their possession.
Huff found Trevor Edgemon on a 15-yard touchdown and Little Axe was able to bring home their first district win on the season.
Hall was 6 of 15 for 94 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a touchdown and threw one interception.
Dye led the team with 100 yards rushing and one touchdown.
Jones recorded one reception for 39 yards and had two interceptions on defense.
Nikkel's lone reception was good enough for second on the team with 35 yards. He also added an interception.