From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, it took almost 15 hours for Springstead to run its win streak to seven games over rival Hernando, and it did so in exciting fashion.
Through overtime and prolonged delays, Springstead walked out of Booster Stadium on Saturday morning with a 26-25 victory.
Midway through Friday's second quarter, an electrical malfunction forced the remainder of the game to be postponed.
When play resumed, Springstead mounted a touchdown drive capped by a 1-yard run from Devean Huff as the half expired. The drive was helped by two personal foul penalties by the Hernando defense, and coach Bill Vonada's play calling had Huff (19 carries, 52 yards, two touchdowns) running as the horn sounded. He was pushed across the goal line by quarterback Chris Kelley.
"There were two things we saw (today)," Vonada said. "One was youth, and the other was potential."
Miscues cost Hernando in the end. From fumbles (five total, two lost) to penalties (12 for 108 yards), the Leopards lacked discipline on both sides of the ball. The running game carried the offense with two backs rushing for more than 90 yards each. Alvin Delaine (16 carries, 90 yards, three touchdowns) and Marlin Smith (17 carries, 94 yards) were the nucleus of the Hernando offense.
Cody Emmerman played the role of hero. The sophomore kicker for Springstead was playing in his first game at the high school level, and he'll never forget it. He led off the scoring for the Eagles with a 33-yard field goal on Friday night. He tied the game with less than 10 seconds in regulation with a 34-yard field goal.
After both teams scored in overtime, the difference ended up being Emmerman's extra point.