ST. PETERSBURG — Two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Northside Christian tied the game against St. Petersburg Catholic, whose offense didn't score in the second half. The Mustangs (1-3) scored first in overtime on a touchdown pass from RB Marcus Hooks to Corey Yawn. The Barons (2-3) responded with a 5-yard run to the corner of the end zone on third down by QB Austin Gipe. Trailing by one, SPC lined up for two to get the win. They converted and ended the game when Tyler Harris took the ball and ran across the goal line for a 36-35 win Friday night.
Key plays: The Mustangs missed two field goals in the fourth quarter, including a 19-yard attempt with eight seconds remaining in the game.
Key drives: On two consecutive series in the third, the Mustangs gave away scoring opportunities on a fumble and interception, the first occurring at the Barons 10, and the second when DeSean Henry intercepted a pass near the Barons 15.
Play of the game: After a holding penalty pushed Northside Christian back on its two-point attempt to tie the game, Corey Yawn worked around his defender and reached up to catch the pass that would send the game into overtime.
Stars of the game: Keyon Hayes caught a 22-yard pass from Lawrence Grimes to give the Barons a 7-0 lead in the first. Hayes then intercepted the Mustangs, which led to SPC's second touchdown when Gipe pitched the ball inside to Jackson Powell for a 9-yard score. Gipe and Grimes, who shared QB duties, connected for a score when Gipe threw a 24-yard touchdown to Grimes that gave the Barons a 21-7 lead with four minutes to go in the second. … Mustangs QB Tyler Rhodes had a 30-yard touchdown run, and scoring passes of 46 and 55 yards. Those scores went to Caleb and Corey Yawn, respectively. … In addition to his winning run, Harris also caught a 26-yard touchdown for SPC.
Stats of the game: After giving up four touchdowns in the first half, the Northside Christian defense held St. Petersburg Catholic to zero points, and 58 yards rushing and five passing in the third and fourth quarters..
Final word: (On the decision to go for two in overtime): "With as many guys as we had cramping, I didn't feel we could last too many more plays." — St. Petersburg Catholic coach Jay Davis