Polk begins to celebrate stopping Landrum on the final play in an overtime thriller Friday, Sept. 7. (photo by Jane Ollis)

Polk beats LHS in overtime 28-21

Published 6:48pm Monday, September 10, 2012

Landrum did not score in the third quarter. Polk began to move the ball effectively and eventually pinned Landrum back into the Cardinals’ own territory. Reese Schlabach intercepted a pass, giving the Wolverines excellent field position. The third quarter finished with Philpott’s 24-yard touchdown run, tying things up at 14.
The fourth quarter was something special as well. After a fumbled punt gave Landrum the ball deep in Wolverine territory, Wilkins put the Cardinals on top 21 -14 late in the fourth quarter. The Wolverines got the ball with less than two minutes left in the game and no time outs left. Polk had to go the length of the field to tie the game. Anthony Carson caught four passes in the final seconds, often getting out of bounds to stop the clock. He and Philpott connected to drive the Wolverines to Landrum’s one-yard line. Philpott once again push it over to make the score 21- 20.
Gage Stone came on for the tying extra point and kicked it through the goal posts. However, Polk was flagged for illegal procedure and the ball was backed up ten yards. Stone (out last week with pneumonia) calmly again made the kick, knotting the score at 21-21. Landrum got the ball back with a few seconds left and tried a long pass, which was deflected, and it was on to overtime.
The Wolverines carried their momentum into overtime as Donte Poston ran in for the two-yard touchdown and the Polk’s defense held the Cardinals at the goal line for the dramatic 28-21 win.
Philpott was 6-for-14, passing for 77 yards and rushing for 89 yards. Along with the key overtime run, Poston had 32 yards rushing. Defensively for Polk, linebacker Coleman Bradley was credited with 17 tackles for the game.
Landrum starting quarterback Aaron Bryant was 6-for-11 for 88 yards and 31 yards rushing. T. J. Fincher had 66 yards rushing and 40 yards passing, going 2 -6.  Jo Jo Wilkins also had 52 yards rushing for the Cardinals.
Polk (3-1) will travel to undefeated Madison (4-0) on Friday, Sept. 14, while Landrum (0-3) travels to Carolina Academy (Greenville, S.C.).

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