Four first-round playoff games were decided by overtime on Friday, but none beat the comeback victory by Pierce County – which trailed 27-14 with 2 minutes left and didn’t have the ball. Pierce County wound up beating Central-Carroll 33-27.
The comeback began with 2:11 left in regulation when Pierce LB Deshaves Hagan forced a bad pitch on an option play. Safety Darius Foreman recovered and ran the fumble 65 yards for a touchdown. That made it 27-21.
Pierce failed to recover an onside kick but Central went for fourth-and-6 around the Pierce 40-yard line with about a minute left. It was incomplete.
Pierce then went 60 yards in five plays as quarterback Tyler Harris (2,262 yards passing on the season) was 4-for-4, then scored on a sneak from the 1. But Pierce missed the extra point, leaving the game tied.
Pierce stopped Central on downs in the first overtime, and RB Josh Henderson scored on Pierce’s first play, a sweep, giving Pierce the victory.
Henderson caught six passes for 154 yards and was instrumental on the sidelines in getting his team to believe when things looked hopeless, coach Sean Pender said.
‘’You just keep fighting, that’s all you can do,’’ Pender said. ‘’We got ourselves in that situation. All we told our kids was don’t quit, keep fighting, you don’t know what’s going to happen. Our kids were just relentless.’’
It was Pierce’s first playoff victory since 2002. Pierce’s next game is Friday at home against No. 5 Peach County.
Other overtime victories last week came from Thomas County Central (over Creekside), Brookwood (over Lassiter) and Parkview (over Walton).