MAIZE, Kan. For much of the game Friday night it appeared that Maize South was in control against Goddard. But this contest ended up being one of the wildest games of week 7 in the Wichita area.
Maize South used a dominant defense to score an early safety, and then added one big scoring play to lead the Lions 9-0 at halftime.
The Mavericks defense continued to shine in the third quarter by forcing a fumble, and then came up with a couple of key sacks. The Maize South "D" pitched a shutout through three quarters.
With just 2 seconds left in the the third quarter the Mav's offense finally gave head coach Brent Pfeifer a little breathing room. Colin Shields went deep to Corey Minks who was blanketed in double coverage but somehow came up with a spectacular catch in traffic. Minks then broke a tackle and took it to the house for a 68 yard touchdown. That put Maize South up 16-0.
A determined Goddard team refused to quit however. The Lions keyed a drive early in the fourth quarter with a 20 yard scamper by Ben Bannister. Bannister broke several tackles and spun out of tackles on a tough run deep into Mavericks territory. On the very next play Kyler Semrad connected with Carter Morrow in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. The Lions missed the two point conversion but cut the lead to 10.
Down 16-6 with just five minutes to go in the game the cards seemed stacked against Tommy Beason's crew. But the Lions defeated the odds and tied this one up at 16 to force overtime.
Neither team scored in the first overtime so it went to a second OT frame. Goddard scored first but had the point after attempt blocked and the Lions led 22-16. Maize South scored a touchdown of their own to tie the game again and made the point after attempt for a thrilling 23-22 victory over Goddard.