GENOA – The Genoa-Kingston football team managed to get its first win of the season by the narrowest of margins, 29-28, over Richmond-Burton on Friday night in Big Northern East Division play.
After a back-and-forth affair, the game eventually went to overtime where an attempt at a two-point conversion for G-K would either be the winning play or the losing play. On this night, it was the winning play.
“It was a game we felt pretty good about coming in, but we just couldn’t get the lead early and then when we had it, we couldn’t get away from them,” G-K coach Travis Frederick said. “It was a really tight game, but it feels good to get a (positive) result.”
G-K did not lead in the game until midway through the fourth quarter when they took a 21-14 lead.
The Rockets responded on their next possession, scoring with less than two minutes left to play before the game went to overtime.
In overtime, the Cogs (1-2, 1-0 Big Northern Conference East) matched Richmond-Burton’s score and set up for the game-winning two-point conversion.
Running back Sal Lopez took the handoff right up the middle to score the winning two points.
“I’m getting this,” Lopez said of the conversion. “Every time you just have to think positive, and I kept thinking, ‘I’m going straight in the end zone,’ nothing else.”
The play proved how dominant G-K’s running game was throughout the night. They rushed for 245 yards as a team, including 123 yards on 23 carries for Lopez, and 70 yards on 15 carries for Eli Thurbly.
The running game was able to overcome three turnovers by the Cogs and seven penalties for 70 yards.
“We’ve got some pretty great running backs with Eli and Sal, and we just kept pounding the ball with them,” Frederick said. “They made a big impact and were the difference tonight.”