Lions Win Thriller in Double Overtime
By Mike Hastings
Every Tuesday at the end of practice, the kickers for Christ Presbyterian Academy have a little contest to see who can make field goals from various spots and distances. The rest of the team take sides in the friendly contest. Friday, as senior kicker J. T. Gilbert was about to take the field to attempt a game-winning 29-yard field goal in double overtime, his coaches stopped him and let him know that this time, everyone was on his side.
The encouragement was enough for Gilbert as he booted the winning kick through the uprights, giving the Lions a 30-27 victory against Goodpasture, avenging a regular season loss for the second straight week.
The Lions have picked the right time to get hot. They improved their record to 7-6 on the year, and will take on Liberty Magnet in the quarterfinals of the TSSAA Class 3A state tournament.
The Lions jumped out to an early lead against Goodpasture. Senior runningback James Deaton found the end zone first from five yards out to give CPA a 7-0 lead after one quarter.
The Lions’ quarterback Ryan Eledge extended that lead to 14-0 with a two-yard run.
After Goodpasture cut the lead to 14-7, Eledge again used his leds to score, this time from 12 yards out to make it 21-7 at the half.
But Goodpasture stormed out of the gates to start the third, scoring two touchdowns to tie the game at 21.
Gilbert hit his first of three field goals, thhis one from 21 yards out to give CPA the lead again 24-21 going into the fourth quarter.
The defenses took over for both team in the final quarter. CPA was unable to score against Goodpasture. But the Cougars were able to knock in a field goal from 27 yards out to tie the game 24-24 and send the two teams into overtime.
On their first possession, CPA was able to drive the ball into the red zone, but after they failed to convert on third down, the Lions turned to Gilbert to attempt a 40-yard field goal.
The big senior was able to knock it in to give the Lions a 27-24 lead.
The Cougars also drove the ball into the red zone on their possession, but also had to turn to their kicker to tie the game. The 27-yarder was good and the game went into double overtime.
That’s where it all came down to Gilbert, who calmly booted the winning kick to give the Lions the victory.
Deaton finished with 128 yards rushing on 28 carries with a touchdown for CPA.
Eledge finished 10-18 for 92 yards and a touchdown through the air, as well as scoring twice on the ground.
Andrew Howard and Tucker Duncan both caught for passes for the Lions. Howard for 46 yards and Duncan for 40 yards.