OAKLAND - Tri-County won its first playoff game, but the Titans needed a second overtime win over Arcola to do it.
Sophomore quarterback Luke Clapp punched in the game-winner Saturday to give his team a 22-21 overtime victory over Arcola in a Class 1A first-round contest.
The first time these two Little Okaw Valley teams played, Tri-County won 20-14, also in overtime.
Clapp scored all 22 points in the win to end the Purple Riders' season at 6-4.
"We had done (the play) all day and it worked fine, and so we thought we could do it again," Clapp said of the winning two-point conversion. "We thought we could do it again, and I got hit at the line, so that was a little scary. I got off of it and scored. I was pretty sure I was in after that. The blocking was pretty solid. After I crossed the goal line, it was a feeling of releif that we won."
The Titans (9-1) head to play Hardin Calhoun, a 34-6 winner over Chester. The game will be Saturday.
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"It was one of those things that I felt we could get it gong for two, but if the kids were not going to be confident in it, we would kick it," Tri-County coach Adam Clapp said. "The kids were on board. We had a little bit of penetration on the point after touchdown earlier in the game. They had trouble stopping Luke (Clapp) on the boot, so that is where we came up with that decision."
Arcola got the ball first and scored on the second play in overtime as Garrison Stenger, who finished with 29 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns, ran up the middle on an 8-yard run. Pedro Leal booted the extra point for a 21-14 advantage.
"As far as doing things we asked them to do, we played physical and a heck of a football game," Purple Riders coach Gerald Temples said. "We just didn't get it done down the stretch. Give them credit. They went for two and got it done. I feel sick for our kids. They played well enough and did everything well enough to get the win, and unfortunately we didn't. Why, I don't know. Those are things that when you go through life hopefully you learn from and become stronger from."
Arcola came out strong, taking the opening kickoff 80 yards in 13 plays and taking seven minutes, 54 seconds off the clock. The drive culminated with a 1-yard run by Tony Van Gundy. The big play of the drive was a 38-yard pass play from Van Gundy to Jeff Fishel.
Tri-County wasted no time in answering, taking five plays and marching 49 yards with Clapp scoring on an 11-yard run in a drive that took just 2:20.