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Southeast Lauderdale Tigers wins in OT

By By David Denham\The Meridian Star
September 29, 2001
Turnovers, crucial penalties, and big plays were the order of the evening. The homecoming court was definitely much prettier than the ball game, but the Southeast Lauderdale Tigers pulled out a much needed win in overtime, 20-17 over the Heidelberg Oilers after a touchdown run by Travis Reed.
Tiger coach Dwayne Taylor said, "I'm glad we won, we needed a win". Coach Taylor was disappointed the Tiger offense was unable to score on several golden opportunities. "Heidelberg came in with a great game plan, and managed to stop us."
The Tiger defense held the Oilers to a total of four first downs in the game, allowing the Oilers to score on a fumble return and a punt return.
Both teams started the game with three plays from scrimmage and a punt. On Heidelberg's second possession, the Tigers recovered a fumble on the Oiler 39 yard line. Three plays later the Tigers returned the favor, but allowed Nathan May to rumble down the field fulfilling the defensive lineman's dream of scoring a touchdown. Heidelberg went for two, and with 6:51 to go in the first quarter led 8-0.
The Tigers obtained their first first down of the evening via personal foul penalty which helped set up their first score. Quarterback Ben Reid threw up a wounded duck which receiver Roderick Baskin caught for a 44 yard catch and run, pulling it in just over the defender's fingertips. The two point conversion was good, and the score was tied 8-8 with 4:59 to play in the stanza.
The Oilers fumbled the kickoff, and Southeast recovered, but could not score. The Oilers picked up two first downs, but the Tiger defense held when the Oilers went on 4th-and-3, despite great effort on the reception attempt by Marcus Arrington.
In the second quarter, the Tigers managed two first downs, aided by penalties. The Oilers were unable to pick up any first downs due to the stingy Tiger defense. Although Willie Hood intercepted the Oilers, the Tiger field goal attempt was wide left.
Late in the half, the Tigers took over on downs at the Oiler 42. Ben Reed took a 21-yard romp , and then completed a pass to Roderick Baskin for the Tiger's second TD as time expired for the half. The PAT was blocked, the Tigers taking in a 14-8 lead for the homecoming crowd.
The Tigers came roaring out the second half, driving the ball down to the 4, led by Travis Reed's 35-yard run and 19-yard pass reception. The Oiler defense came to life and took over on downs after a quarterback sack.
The Tigers got great field position on a short punt, but lost ground again and were forced to punt. Several series later, the Tigers were forced once again to punt. Marcus Arrington snagged the punt, cut across the field to the left sideline, then back across the grain to elude the last two Tiger tacklers to score on a 70 yard return.
The two-point conversion was stopped, the game tied at 14-14.
In the fourth quarter, both teams were held scoreless, although Heidelberg almost scored on another turnover. Marcus Arrington intercepted a Tiger pass, but Steven Willis made the touchdown saving tackle. The score remained tied at 14-14 as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
The Oilers had the ball first in OT, and despite some slght-of-hand, the Tiger defense held the Oilers to a field goal, giving Heidelberg a 17-14 lead.
The Tigers first play was a pass, and the Oilers were called for defensive holding. Three plays later, Travis Reed took a pitch around the right side and squeezed into the endzone for the winning TD, the final score being 20-17.

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