By SHANNON DOVE
ROSSFORD — Rossford called a timeout after Cam Reynolds caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Shiffert. Van Halen’s “Right Now” started to play on the PA system while the Bulldogs drew up a play for a 2-point conversion.
When they returned to the field Shiffert again looked for Reynolds – the duo already had three touchdowns on the night – but Fostoria’s Avondre Reed broke up the play and the Redmen hung on to a 36-34 overtime win Friday in Northern Buckeye Conference play.
Fostoria had already scored a touchdown, an 18-yard run by Maalik Tucker, and Tucker had run successfully for the conversion, putting the pressure on Rossford.
Keshawn Carter-Stokes had already disrupted a Bulldog drive when he intercepted a Shiffert pass near the Fostoria 10-yard line with just 57 seconds left in regulation and returned it 17 yards. Ultimately the Redmen ended up punting and Shiffert took a knee with just 6 seconds remaining, forcing the overtime with the score deadlocked at 28-28.
Fostoria led just once before overtime, pulling ahead 22-20 when Tucker rushed for a 4-yard touchdown and Bryan Stenson ran for the 2-point conversion with 59 seconds left in the third quarter. The Bulldogs regained the lead at 5:57 of the fourth when Shiffert scored on a 3-yard run, his second rushing touchdown of the game. This time Rossford tried for 2 and was successful, as Reynolds caught a Shiffert pass that put the Bulldogs up 28-22.
Stenson tied the score at 28-28 with a 43-yard touchdown reception from Devin Mauricio, completing a 75-yard, 5-play drive in just 1:34.
Rossford opened the scoring in the first quarter when Reynolds hauled in a 13-yard pass from Shiffert at 1:14 and Jackson Murtha kicked the extra point for a 7-0 Bulldogs lead.
The Redmen scored on their next possession as Tucker cut left and ran around the defensive line for a 2-yard touchdown. FHS missed the 2-point conversion, leaving Rossford in the lead 7-6 at 8:47 of the second quarter.
Shiffert scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns on a 1-yard run up the gut and Murtha’s kick extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 14-6 at 5:42.
The Redmen answered quickly as Alex Sierra completed a 64-yard, 6-play drive with a 28 yard scoring run and Mauricio ran for the conversion to knot things at 14-14 with 3:32 remaining in the first half.
On Rossford’s next possession, Reed intercepted a Shiffert pass and the Redmen drove the ball from their own 34 to the Rossford 9-yard line before turning the ball over on downs with 39 seconds left in the first half.
The Bulldogs used just three plays in the drive, culminating in a 39-yard touchdown pass from Shiffert to Reynolds with 8 seconds remaining. The extra point attempt was blocked, keeping the score at 20-14.
Fostoria 0 14 8 6 8 — 36
Rossford 7 13 0 8 6 — 34
Ross. – C. Reynolods 13 pass from J. Shiffert (Murtha kick)
Fost. – Tucker 2 run (run failed)
Ross. – J. Shiffert 1 run (Murtha kick)
Fost. – Sierra 28 run (Mauricio run)
Ross. – C. Reynolds 39 pass from J. Shiffert (kick blocked)
Fost. Tucker 4 run (Stenson run)
Ross. – J. Shiffert 3 run (C. Reynolds pass from J. Shiffert)
Fost. – Stenson 43 pass from Mauricio (run failed)
Fost. – Tucker 18 run (Tucker run)
Ross. – C. Reynolds 20 pass from J. Shiffert (pass failed)