A failed two-point conversion on the first possession of overtime was the difference Friday night as the South Central Timberwolves’ season ended with a 54-52 loss in overtime to the Canton-Galva Eagles.
South Central head coach Billy Nichols was complimentary of the Eagles afterward, pointing out that they got off the ball well and blocked well Friday night.
The Timberwolves had some speed that was able to keep them in it, but with how they weren’t able to stop some of the Eagles showed they were a pretty good team, Nichols said.
“Canton-Galva, they beat us tonight,” South Central head coach Billy Nichols said. “They outplayed us, darn it, and a person hates to say that, but they had a good team.”
It was also a young team, with 18 players listed on the roster, but not a single senior.
South Central also had turnover issues, particularly in the second half. All told, the Eagles intercepted three balls thrown by the Timberwolves. In the final minute of regulation, deep in South Central territory, the Timberwolves got an interception of their own, picking off a pass as time expired with a score of 46-46 to send the game into overtime.
All three interceptions were moments the Timberwolves could have let the game get away from them, but didn’t.
“It seems like Canton came out and got to moving the ball pretty good right there in the third quarter, and our boys could have hung their head, they really could,” Nichols said. “But they didn’t give up, and they’ve been that way always here, and I’m so proud of them it’s unbelievable. Even though we lost, did we lose. I mean I’ve left these fields too in high school when I got beat in the semi(finals) and my God I gave everything I did and so did our boys, so did the Galva boys. Sometimes you lose those times.”
Canton-Galva scored first and converted the two-point attempt to make it 8-0 early in the first quarter of what became a back-and-forth game.
The Eagles led 14-8 early in the second quarter but the Timberwolves took a 16-14 lead with 10:36 remaining in the first half. The Eagles took back the lead 20-16 but then the Timberwolves started rolling, scoring multiple consecutive touchdowns to go up 38-20 in the final minute of the half.
A pass-interference call on the Timberwolves gave the Eagles an untimed down on the last play of the half down within the South Central redzone, and the Eagles capitalized on it, scoring a touchdown but failing the two-point attempt, which sent the teams into halftime with the Timberwolves leading 38-26.
In the third quarter, the Eagles scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to cut the Timberwolves lead to 38-34 with 7:32 left in the quarter, then scored another touchdown to take 40-38 lead after a failed two-point attempt with 3:35 left in it. That was the score at the end of the third.
In the fourth, the Eagles scored first, expanding their lead to 46-38. The Timberwolves drove down the field and scored to cut the deficit to 46-44 on a touchdown run. On the ensuing two-point conversion, the Timberwolves player fumbled the ball going into the endzone. The try was initially called no-good, but after a referee discussion the call was overturned, which tied the game 46-46 with 4:27 left in regulation.
The Timberwolves finished the season 9-2 overall.