Rains halts White Oak in overtime

By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent

Sept. 15, 2007 - WHITE OAK - The Emory Rains Wildcats picked up their first win of the season with a dramatic 34-33 overtime victory over the White Oak Roughnecks on Friday night at Roughneck Stadium.

A pair of touchdown receptions by Colby Hoover late in the game, combined with a defensive stand on a 2-point conversion in overtime, provided the Wildcats (1-1) with the win.

In a game where no lead was held for very long, White Oak took a 6-point lead late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Austin Tubbs connected with Eric Watson for a 59-yard touchdown pass with 1:20 remaining in the game. The point-after kick failed leaving White Oak with a 27-21 advantage.

Rains wasted little time responding. Blake Hicks returned the ensuing kickoff 35 yards to the Rains' 43, then quarterback Taylor Marshall connected with Hoover for a 46-yard pass that put the Cats on the White Oak 10-yard line.

Two plays later Marshall found Hoover again, this time for a 12-yard touchdown reception, that tied the game. Hoover's point-after kick for the win in regulation was blocked leaving a 27-27 tie, sending the game into overtime.

From there the game went into overtime. The Wildcats took the first possession and moved the ball down to the White Oak 11 with runs by Marshall and Kenneth Cawthon. Hoover then capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown reception. Hoover added the point-after kick to make the score 34-27.

Just like Rains, White Oak needed just four plays to reach the end zone. Jackson McGurdy scored on a 1-yard run to pull White Oak to within one point. White Oak decided to go for the win with a 2-point conversion; however, Travis Gibson, Cawthon and Jake Ferguson recognized the play and swarmed McGurdy in the backfield to end the game.

White Oak took the first lead of the game when Tubbs scored on a 1-yard run midway through the first quarter. Rains quickly answered with a 50-yard touchdown run by Marshall.

Then Rains took the lead early in the second quarter when Montrel Christian broke free for a 72-yard touchdown run. White Oak evened the score at 14-14 with another 1-yard touchdown run by Tubbs just before the half.

Rains reclaimed the lead on its third possession of the second half. The Wildcats forced White Oak to punt from deep in their own territory then drove 38 yards for the go-ahead score, a 16-yard pass from Marshall to Hoover gave them a 21-14 advantage.

The lead was short-lived. White Oak returned the ensuing kickoff 68 yards to the Rains 22-yard line. Six plays later White Oak scored on a 24-yard pass from Tubbs to Justin Phillips to even the score at 21-21 and set up the dramatic events at the end.

Friday night, Rains will try to make it two in a row when they play host to the Farmersville Farmers. The game is set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Rains-White Oak, Stats

Rains 7� � � � 7� � � � 7� � � � 6� � � � 7� � � � - 34

White Oak� � � 7� � � � 7� � � � 0� � � � 13� � � � 6� � � � - 33

First Quarter

WO -- Austin Tubbs 1 run (Trevor Wait kick), 5:34

Rains -- Taylor Marshall 50-run (Colby Hoover kick), 2:11

Second Quarter

Rains -- Montrel Christian 72 run (Hoover kick), 10:36

WO -- Tubbs 1 run (Wait kick), 2:37

Third Quarter

Rains -- Hoover 16 pass from Marshall (Hoover kick), 1:20

Fourth Quarter

WO -- Justin Phillips 24 pass from Tubbs (Wait kick), 11:20

WO -- Eric Watson 59 pass from Tubbs (kick failed), 1:20

Rains -- Hoover 12 pass from Marshall (kick blocked), 0:38

Overtime

Rains -- Hoover 11 pass from Marshall (Hoover kick)

WO -- Jackson McGurdy 1 run (2-point try failed)

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