NEW CHICAGO | A 9-yard touchdown run by Michael Hubbard in overtime lifted visiting Bowman Academy to a victory over River Forest in a Class 2A Sectional opener on Friday.
Hubbard's score came on second down -- and after the Eagles had stopped River Forest on their overtime drive.
After a low-scoring first half, both offenses came to life in the second, but 60 minutes was not enough to settle the tilt.
Bowman kicked off the game's scoring with a six-yard touchdown run from James Taylor just over six minutes into the game. The scoring drive, which covered 39 yards, was set up by a River Forest fumble on the opening kickoff. Taylor also added the two-point conversion.
After a scoreless second quarter, Taylor gave the Eagles a two-score cushion with a nine-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the second half. This time, his attempt at a two-point conversion failed.
It did not take long for the Ingots to respond, however, as Malachi Sala scored on a 47-yard touchdown run less than a minute later. River Forest's attempt at a two-point conversion also failed.
Later in the third, the Ingots were able to tie the score when a high-snap on a Bowman punt was recovered by Brandon Laas in the end zone. Sala then converted the two-point conversion on a run.
The tie game did not last long as Bowman's Iziah Cole raced past several defenders on the Eagles' next drive for an 81-yard touchdown run. After the two-point attempt failed, Bowman's lead stood at 20-14 with 3:28 remaining in the third quarter.
The Ingots were able to tie the game again early in the fourth. Following a blocked Bowman punt, Sala took a 20-yard run to the end zone on the quarter's first play from scrimmage.
The Eagles had a golden opportunity on their next drive, starting from the River Forest 24-yard line and eventually having a first-and-goal situation from the 10. However, a pass on third-and-goal was intercepted by Jermaine Fletcher at the three.
An even better opportunity for Bowman came undone with little more than a minute to play in regulation. With a first-and-10 deep in River Forest territory, Laas recovered a Cole fumble, giving the Ingots the ball at their own 16.
Penalties were an issue for both teams, with Bowman being penalized for more than 100 yards in the contest.
Turnovers also were plentiful, as both teams lost three fumbles.
Sala led River Forest's effort on the ground, taking 22 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He added 11 tackles on defense.
Laas was limited to 2-for-11 passing, but made a larger impact on the defensive side of the ball. The senior totaled 9 tackles, three fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown.
With the win, Bowman will host Boone Grove next week.