HOBART TWP. | Four quarters weren’t enough on Friday night as Bishop Noll and River Forest took their defensive battle into overtime.
Though they hadn’t scored since the second quarter, the Warriors found their offense when it mattered most. On the first play of overtime, Vernard Whitfield II took a handoff straight up the middle for a 10-yard touchdown run. Aaron Garza’s point-after gave Bishop Noll a 13-6 lead.
River Forest’s first play in overtime was a dropped pass in the end zone, and the second play was an incomplete pass as Noll brought pressure. An illegal shift penalty on the third play was declined after another incomplete pass, giving the Ingots fourth-and-goal from the 10.
After a timeout, Lass threw into the end zone to Jordan Clopton – but a false start penalty erased the play and backed the Ingots up five yards. On fourth-and-goal from the 15, Noll’s Josh Rosario got his hand on Laas’ pass, knocking it to the ground and giving the Warriors a 13-6 win.
The Ingots had finally got on the board with just under five minutes to play in regulation. After Noll fumbled a snap, River Forest took over on the 9-yard line. Brandon Laas dropped a snap, but immediately scooped up the football and dived two yards into the end zone. The point-after was blocked, and the score remained tied 6-6.
The first score was a long time coming, both in the game and the possession. Bishop Noll had a first-and-goal on the 4-yard line, but three runs were stopped short and gave the Warriors a fourth-and-goal from the one. Finally, Anthony Mayers punched it into the end zone with 2:09 left in the half. The point-after was blocked.
River Forest was running an effective two-minute drill on their ensuing possession, but an interception on the three-yard line by Virnard Whitfield II halted the Ingots drive with less than a second on the clock. Bishop Noll took a knee to end the half.
In the third quarter, the two teams combined for just 34 yards of offense – with only four coming from Bishop Noll.