WAMEGO — For the third time this season, the Wamego High football had to play past regulation Friday night. The Red Raiders and Paola had played to a 14-14 draw in Wamego’s homecoming game.
The Panthers had the first possession of the overtime and slipped in for a score. The Panthers’ successful extra point them a 21-14 lead.
Then it was Wamego’s turn. Hayden Oviatt scored on a quarterback keeper to bring the Red Raiders within a point, 21-20.
After Wamego head coach Weston Moody called a timeout, the offense went back on the field.
Oviatt connected with Colin Donahue in the back of the end zone for two points and the win.
“It was the players’ decision,” Moody said. “They had the confidence in it, and made the call.”
Prior to overtime, the two teams had been locked in a defensive duel.
Paola scored at 7:06 in the first quarter on a 1-yard run to go up 7-0.
Wamego (4-1) answered as the with an Oviatt-to-Hagan-Johnson pass play, which went 45 yards for a touchdown. A successful kick from Noah Ficke tied up the game 7-all.
Neither team scored in the second quarter, so the teams remained level heading into the locker room for halftime.
Paola (2-3) regained the lead with 2:39 left in the third period on a 6-yard run.
The Raiders knotted the contest again two minutes later on a 10-yard pass to Donahue. Ficke’s kick was good, 14-14.
A scoreless final quarter for both squads led to overtime.
Through five games, Wamego already has played eight overtime periods this fall. It lost in four overtimes to Concordia in its opener before topping Clay Center in three overtimes Sept. 17.