NORTH OLMSTED — Midview was desperate to avoid its first 0-3 start in decades. Despite a large late deficit, the Middies rallied to force overtime.
They still went home winless.
Darren Anders scored from 20 yards in overtime to lift North Olmsted to a 33-27 Southwestern Conference win Friday night.
The Middies are 0-2 in the SWC, while North Olmsted is 2-1, 1-1.
Both teams made their share of mistakes in a first half that ended tied at 13, as Midview hung in the game with a pair of lengthy touchdown drives.
It took less than five minutes into the second half for Midview to find itself down 27-13 and facing an uphill battle to win its first game.
North Olmsted quarterback Liam Fay hit Owen Juhn with a swing pass to the right and he went 62 yards for a touchdown just 22 seconds into the third quarter. Darren Anders, a Bowling Green recruit, scored from 7 yards for a commanding 14-point lead.
Or so the Eagles thought.
Andrew Philion started the Middies on their comeback by picking off Fay with 9:08 left in the game at the Midview 37. Six plays later, Isiah Johnson went 55 yards on a double reverse to cut the deficit to 27-20 with 6:22 left.
After trading punts, the Middies defense stuffed the Eagles at the Midview 41 on a fourth down.
It took just five plays for the Middies to complete their comeback, as quarterback Andrew completed three passes in a 59-yard drive, with the final 35 yards going to Edwin Ralat (seven catches, 107 yards) in the back corner of the end zone with 45 ticks on the clock.
“I’m just so proud of the effort from the kids, they could have folded it up when we were down 27-13 with about six minutes to go,” Middies coach DJ Shaw said. “We had a couple things go our way and we were able to battle back.”
Midview avoided a loss in regulation when a 40-yard field goal try by Shane Cairns fell short. But the Middies couldn’t score to start overtime, as Christian Roig’s 31-yard field goal try was blocked.
Anders scored on North Olmsted’s first play to give the Eagles their first Southwestern Conference win over Midview.
The Middies couldn’t sustain a hot start. Their first score came when Gooch found Johnson in the end zone on third-and-24 with 2:12 left in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead. A bad snap stopped the extra point.
Gooch was just getting warmed up, as he completed 26 of 48 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
North Olmsted scored twice in the second quarter to snag a 13-6 lead on a 1-yard plunge by Fay and a 3-yard run around left end by Anders with 5:53 left in the first half.
The Middies took over at their 23 and proceeded to run all but 20 seconds off the clock, going 77 yards in 15 plays. Counting seven penalties on the drive and there were 22 snaps before Gooch hit Seth Sanders (seven catches, 63 yards) from 11 yards to knot the score at 13.
“I thought Midview in the second half really took to it us,” North Olmsted coach Tim Brediger said. “The reverse and the touchdown pass to tie it up was phenomenal. I’m just glad we could beat them for the first time.”
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North Olmsted 33, Midview 27 (OT)
Midview 6 7 0 14 0 — 27
North Olmsted 0 13 14 0 6 — 33
M -- Isiah Johnson, 24 pass from Andrew Gooch (run failed)
NO -- Liam Fay, 1 run (Shane Cairns kick)
NO -- Darren Anders, 3 run (pass failed)
M -- Seth Sanders, 11 pass from Gooch (Christian Roig kick)
NO -- Owen Juhn, 62 pass from Fay (Cairns kick)
NO -- Anders, 7 run (Cairns kick)
M -- Johnson, 55 run (Roig kick)
M -- Edwin Ralat, 35 pass from Andrew Gooch (Roig kick)
NO -- Anders, 20 run
First downs 14 18
— by rushing 9 4
— by passing 4 12
— by penalty 1 2
Yards rushing 186 67
Yards passing 134 267
Total offense 320 334
Passes att./comp. 24/10 50/25
Intercepted by 0 0
Fumbles/lost 0/2 0/2
Penalties/yards 6/40 8/93
RUSHING -- (M) Isiah Johnson 3-58, Pablo Cruz 9-13, Andrew Gooch 12-11, Nathan Bashak 1-2, Seath Sanders 1-(-6), Joey Blazenyak 1-(-9). (NO) Darren Anders 26-164, Liam Fay 9-22, Owen Juhn 1-7.
PASSING -- (M) Gooch 25-48-267-3-0, Sanders 0-2-0-0-0. (NO) Fay 10-24-134-1-1.
RECEIVING -- (M) Edwin Ralat 7-107, Sanders 7-63, Zac Gill 5-27, Johnson 3-32, Cruz 2-32, Bashak 1-6. (NO) Juhn 5-91, Dalton Diaz 3-28, Lucas Servidio 1-8, Anders 1-7.