WAYLAND — Under a full moon on Friday the 13th, WACO and No. 4 New London fans must have known something crazy was in store.
The Warriors and Tigers went into triple overtime knotted up at 50-50 in WACO’s homecoming game and both teams’ district openers. New London made a clutch stop when WACO had the ball, and freshman Blaise Porter scampered into the endzone on the Tigers’ first play to give New London a 56-50 victory.
“I give all the props to my blockers on that one,” Porter said. “They hit the holes right and opened it up for me to score.”
Porter made two clutch plays in a row. On fourth and goal from the 25, he broke up a Warrior pass in the end zone to put the Tigers one score away.
WACO split out quarterback Nik Coble, a move that had given the Tigers problems all night, but instead of giving him the jump ball opportunity that everyone expected, backup QB Will Edeker threw to Jaden Williams in the other side of the end zone. It was a play that fooled almost everyone, and nearly went for a go-ahead score, but Porter was able to barely get in the way of the pass, spoiling a Warrior touchdown.
In the first overtime, WACO had to block New London’s game-winning PAT. In the second, the Tigers stopped Coble at the one-yard line on his potential game-winning two-point rush.
“Two-point conversions would have been big,” said WACO head coach Chad Edeker. “We have a two-point package we like to go to, and I decided to just go with normal two-point plays today, but it looks like we should have stuck with the package.”
The Warriors were 1-5 on two-point conversions and 0-1 on extra points.
WACO led 14-13 after one quarter and 26-13 at halftime, thanks in part to three touchdown passes to Coble, the last of which was a 50-yard bomb to Edeker to put an exclamation point on the first half.
The Tigers went on a 19-0 run in the third quarter, one that featured two rushing touchdowns by Shae Summerfield, giving him four scores before the fourth quarter even started. After three, it was 32-26 New London.
A touchdown run by Cameron Raines gave New London a 38-26 advantage early in the fourth quarter, bringing their run to 25-0, but the Warriors responded when Coble caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Edeker with 7:37 remaining, and then scampered in for a rushing touchdown with 4:30 remaining in regulation.
WACO stopped New London inside the five-yard line on the final play of regulation. That set up the wild finish.
In the three overtimes, Coble had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown to Robert Frazer for WACO’s two scores. Summerfield and Raines each had rushing touchdowns for New London.
“Coble played a heck of a game, and he’s a good football player,” said New London head coach Mark McSorley. “They’re all tough. He’s tough. He took some hits, and so did our kids. It was an all-around good football game.”
Summerfield had another monster game for the Tigers. He finished the night with 313 rushing yards and five touchdowns to lead the team. Porter had 87 yards and a touchdown, and Raines finished with 45 yards and two scores.
Ethan Streeter completed just two passes on the day, but one was a game-tying 25-yard touchdown strike to Gabe Carter in the third. Gavin Holmes led the Tiger defense with eight tackles and a fumble recovery.
Coble threw for 189 yards and four touchdowns, ran for 53 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 47 yards and a score.
Robert Frazier led the Warriors in receiving, catching six passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Edeker finished with 50 yards and a touchdown receiving, as well as 47 yards and a touchdown passing.
Braden Hammond had a huge game defensively, talling 21.5 tackles in the loss.
New London (3-0, 1-0) will host Lone Tree next week. WACO (1-2, 0-1) will hit the road to face Montezuma.