Before Dog House Bulldogs faced CayBrew Farm Soldiers on Saturday everyone knew it would be a close hard fought contest and would probably come down to either a great play or a mistake that would decide it.
Fortunately for both teams neither option came into play at the Dart Field in Camana Bay.
They played as evenly as two teams could in tying 18 all after three overtimes in the pitch darkness.
The two teams played a scoreless regulation and then scored in each of the three overtimes.
Neither team could convert their touchdowns and when the ball hit the ground after Dog House’s attempted two point conversion the outcome was decided.
League rules stipulate three overtimes are played and if the score remains tied it is a draw.
Lucky for everyone involved, as the fading light would have made it near impossible to continue past the third overtime.
Dog House struggled on offense all day as their regular QB, Johnny Mack, was not in the line up due to a family emergency.
Bobby Aitkenhead stepped in and did an admirable job and when the overtimes rolled around he was starting to look a little more comfortable.
He finished the game 12 of 27 passing, most of the completions were in overtime. He had two touchdown passes and two interceptions.
Jon Pump and Jeff Alban had touchdown receptions and Jordan Patton had a rushing touchdown to complete the Dog House scoring.
Sean Moyle had five receptions for the Bulldogs. For the defense Jason Moir and Leif Ristimaki ate up the Caybrew offensive line and recorded three and two sacks respectively.
Moir chipped in with five tackles as well. Todd Hazlewood had an interception as well and Justin Bodden contributed some timely tackles to keep the score 0-0 in regulation.
For Caybrew who played one of their most disciplined games in a long while had a stellar performance from Luigi Moxam.
He was 10 of 18 passing with two touchdown passes, a rushing touchdown and one interception.
Although they could not put the ball in the end zone during regulation, Moxam led his team into the end zone three times during overtime.
Jeff Wight, who was the difference in the game came up with a spectacular catch in overtime for a score.
He juggled the ball between three players and came down with control.
However, this is not where he made the difference, it was his leadership on the defensive side of the ball that helped Caybrew secure the tie.
As most league observers know, his team-mates can be a little too enthusiastic sometimes and lose focus. Wight ensured his they stayed on point and did not make some untimely mental errors.
Wight had four receptions on the day as well as an interception and a tackle for the defense.
Will Pequero also had a touchdown reception for Caybrew. Rhys Ebanks also had an interception and two tackles for Caybrew.
Oliver Parker had a good rushing game as well for the Farm Soldiers whose record now stands at 7-3-1.
Caybrew have locked up third place and play Maples tomorrow. Dog House sit at 9-1-1 and will have to beat Stingers next weekend to clinch first place in the regular season.
In the men’s curtain raiser, Maples put together their best all round performance of the year and Hammerhead Pirates gave a less than enthused effort and the result was a surprising 24-19 victory for Maples.
Kevin Solomon had another superb performance in leading his team to the win.
Solomon was 6 of 14 passing with one touchdown pass and no interceptions. Solomon also rushed for two touchdowns.
Rupert Whittaker had a spectacular catch for a touchdown. He caught a pass along the sidelines and slipped two tackles before racing untouched into the end zone. All told it was a 42 yard pass and run.
David DJ returned a Hammerheads punt for a TD eluding a number of would be tacklers. Maples basically sealed the game at that point. Elroy Allen recorded two tackles and sacks for the Maples defense.
Hammerheads, already in the playoffs, seemed to be happy with that and just did not put together a total team effort.
Donny House continued his rock solid leadership in the huddle for the Pirates and finished the game 12 of 22 passing with three touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Two of those passes were to Brandon Malice while Nigel Solomon pulled in the other. Patrick Cover was the work horse for the offense with four receptions.
Maples with a record of 3 and 8 finish off their year with a tough game against Caybrew tomorrow while the 6 and 5 Hammerheads finish off the regular season against Goldfield Cayman Hellcats.
In a game for bragging rights, Stingers shut out PWC 14-0. Both teams had short rosters but made great efforts.
Stingers were the more polished and with QB Dan Hiryok leading the way, Stingers continued their improving ways.
When regular QB Chris Lebeau left for school, Stingers felt like they would have a tough time scoring, but Hiryok has been a nice surprise.
He is calm and cool in the pocket and sees the field better than most quarterbacks in the league.
Hiryok was 11 of 19 passing on the day with two touchdown tosses, one to Mark Wellon and the other to veteran Darrell Porter.
The Stingers defense was the real story in the game as they kept the pressure on PWC QB Justin Miller all day. Charles Whitney was the leader for the defense with five tackles and four sacks. Benji Bodden had three tackles and a sack as well.
For PWC who are looking ahead to next year, Justin Miller was 6 of 15 passing with three interceptions. Three of those passes went to Karl Noble who also had three tackles as well for the PWC defense.
Chris Moser had two tackles and two receptions also for the defense. PWC finishes the year with a record of 1 and 11. Stingers improved to 3 and 8 and finish off the regular season tomorrow against Dog House.