Fort Meade Miners hosted Class 7A Ridge Community at Battle Field Friday night as the Miners celebrated Homecoming and beat the previously undefeated Bolts 20-14 in overtime.
Ridge would win the toss but deferred until the second half kicking off to the Miners.
Fort Meade would open it up on the first play with a 43-yard Jake Smith bomb to Tobias Culpepper taking the ball to the Ridge 37.
Runs by DJ Clark, Maurice Russell and Jalen Brown, combined with a 14-yard pass to DK Davis gave the Miners the ball at the Ridge 5-yard line.
Clark would finish the drive busting into the end zone to complete the 7-play, 80-yard drive. Following a Jack Cortez kick the Miners led 7-0 with 8:03 left in the first quarter.
The Miners defense would harness the Bolts with a Russell tackle for a loss giving the Miners the football on downs.
Starting at their own 47, the Miners would miss the running pass on a 21-yard toss to Chris Morris followed by a 23-yard dash by Clark. The Miners would move to a first and goal but the drive would stall forcing a 23-yard field goal attempt by Cortez. Cortez would d push the ball just right of the upright and the Miners lead remained at 7-0 with 2:09 left in the first quarter.
The teams would alternate punts but the Miners would fumble away the punt return giving Ridge the ball at the Miners 15. Two tackles for loss would force a 4th and 17 at the 39-yard Ridge field attempt.
The Bolts’ kicker’s attempt fell short and the Miners maintained their lead with 4:12 left in the half.
On the next Miners series Smith threw deep but was intercepted at the Ridge 44.
Following a 34-yard pass to the Miners 11 yard line, the Miners defense would step up, forcing a fumble to halt to stop the Ridge threat with 1:28 left in the half. From there the Miners would run out the clock in the first half.
The Miners would kick off to the Bolts to begin the second half. It would take Ridge six plays to reach the Miners 40 yard line. The Bolts would go for it on 4th and 6 only to have Devin McCalebb pick off the Bolts pass attempt at the Miners 20. The Miners would be forced to punt after the turnover with Ridge setting up at their own 40.
On first down, Shaykeem Pitts would run through the Miners defense for a 60 yard touchdown run and following the PAT kick the game was tied at 7-7.
The teams would alternate possessions going into the fourth quarter with Ridge starting their drive with eight minutes left in the game.
On first and 10 from their 39 the Bolts would go to Anthony Parnell who ripped off a 61 yard touchdown run. The score would give the Bolts a 14-7 lead with 7:23 left in the game.
Needing a big play Fort Meade would get it from Culpepper taking the kickoff at the Miners 4 yard line followed great blocking and return the ball 86 yards to the Ridge 4 yard line. On third and goal from the 2, Jay Smith would fake a handoff, bootlegging the ball to the right corner of the end zone for the touchdown. The Cortez kick was good and the Miners had tied the game at 14-14 with 5:47 left in the game.
Ridge would respond with an 8-play drive to midfield but would be forced to punt it away with 1:20 left on the clock. A 51-yard punt for a touchback would put the Miners at their own 20 with 1:13 left.
Ridge would use all three of their timeouts to try to get the ball back forcing the Miners into a punting situation with 25 seconds left.
Cortez would help the Miners by booting a 43 yard punt to the Ridge 29. Wanting to try their luck with overtime the Bolts would take a knee to run out the clock.
Ridge would win the toss to start overtime and elected to go on defense.
In overtime with first down at the 10 Clark would start with a two-yard run. Brown would gain three yards to the five yard line. ON 3rd and five, Smith took a snap and rolled to his right looking for a receiver. Seeing none Smith would tuck it and dash into the end zone for the go-ahead score.
Unfortunately Ridge would block the Cortez PAT leaving the Miners with a 20-14 lead.
But it wouldn’t matter. On first dsown for the Bolts an attempt to score on a long pass play would be thwarted as McCalebb would get his second kick leaping to make the interception in the end zone.
With the Miners win the bolts lost their first of the season after four wins. The Miners reached the midpoint with their third straight win after two season opening losses. The Miners begin district play next Friday at rival Frostproof, which is 3-1 this year.
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