COS wins overtime thriller 41-35

cos-v-mendocino-football-15-front.jpgWEED – For an astute observer, the signs of an impending COS Eagles’ victory over Mendocino were everywhere last Saturday. The top ten signs were:

1. It was warm on November 15.

2. Artez Faniel blocked two field goal attempts.

3. It was Sophomore Day.

4. Aqura Brown threw four TD strikes.

5. COS had two excessive celebration penalties.

6. The Eagles scored over 30 points (They’re 3-1 when they do).

7. The COS defense stopped Mendocino three times inside the 10-yard-line.

8. Trenton George sang the National Anthem.

coffe-break-300.jpg9. Klaus Geier had two TD receptions.

10. Darius Davis retuned a kick for a TD, and caught a TD pass.

Oh, and number 11; Coach Eric Young smiled during the game.

COS struck on its first possession, when Aqura Brown connected with Klaus Geier for an 81-yard touchdown. With the PAT, it was 7-0 just over four minutes into the contest.

Mendocino responded on its next possession via a 15-yard run to tie the game 7-7.

darius-catch.jpgCOS, however, wasted no time in regaining the lead. Mendocino pooched the kickoff, as they would most of the day, and COS took possession on its 49. A pair of 8-yard runs by Patrick Lunney moved the ball to the Mendo 35. A holding penalty set the Eagles back 10 yards, but Lunney more than made that up on a 36-yard run to the Mendo 9-yard-line. From there, Brown hit Jevon Johnson for a TD. The PAT was no good, but COS had the lead 13-7, with 5:30 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Mendocino went back on top 14-13 on a 5-yard pass. It took the Eagles a little over four minutes to take their turn at the lead, when Lunney scored from a yard out. Aaron Sinnott replaced the starting place kicker, and split the uprights for the extra point, making it 20-14 halfway through the second quarter.

Although the Eagles had taken their third lead of the game, the rest of the first half belonged to Mendocino. The visitors scored on pass plays of 13 and 55 yards to take a 28-20 lead into the intermission.

Mendocino kicked off short to start the second half, and Darius Davis scooped up the ball, made a couple of moves, picked up some blocks, and raced 60 yards to dive into pay dirt. The dive cost the Eagles 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff. Apparently having fun isn’t allowed. COS picked up two points on the conversion to tie the game 28-28.

Two possessions later, Mendocino went to the air to strike back with a 53-yard TD pass, taking the lead 35-28, with 8:43 left in the third quarter.

Mendocino drove inside the COS 5-yard line three consecutive times in the fourth quarter, but were turned away by the COS defense—once on downs, and twice on field goal blocks by Artez Faniel.

With the clock running down, the Eagles started what may be referred to as “the drive,” for at least a week or two. After Faniel’s second field goal block, COS took possession on its 15-yard-line. Faced with a fourth-and-6 from their 41, the Eagles went into punt formation. Punter Ramsdal Quackenbush saw an opening and took off running, gaining just enough ground to keep the drive alive.

Two runs by Lunney and a pass to Johnson moved the ball to the Mendo 31. A 9-yard Lunney run and a pass to Anthony Young put the ball on the 14. With 1:29 left in regulation, Brown hit Davis in the end zone for a 14-yard TD. The PAT was good to tie the game at 35-35.

Mendocino was able to drive to the COS 22, but their game-winning field goal attempt hooked wide left, sending the combatants into overtime.

By rule, teams alternate possessions starting at the opponent’s 25-yard-line in overtime, until a winner is determined. It didn’t take long.

COS had the ball first. Brown passed to Young for 10 yards to the 15. Lunney bashed through the Mendo line for nine yards to the six. On second-and-1 from the six, Brown found Geier in the back of the end zone for the go-ahead TD. The PAT was wide, leaving COS with a 41-35 lead.

Mendocino quickly moved the ball to the 12-yard-line on its OT possession. But, four straight incomplete passes, two broken up by Tremaine McKenzie, ended the game, with COS on top 41-35.

COS finished the season 3-7 overall and 2-2 in Mid Empire Conference play.

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