Defense for both teams dominated through the first three quarters of game. The Knights threatened to score as the half expired, but were denied by the Indian ‘D’.
“We knew they (Northeastern) would come in and try to dominate with their run game, but fortunately we were able to do a great job of stopping it for the most part,” said defensive coach Neal Adams.
Following an offensive drive, UC senior running back, Akili Roberts finally broke the plain of the endzone to put the Indians on the board with under eight minutes to play in the fourth. With a mishandled PAT, UC took a 6-0 lead.
Northeastern answered right back with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. With a failed 2-point conversion by the Knights, the game was knotted at 6-6 with just over seven minutes to play in regulation.
After a turnover on downs by the UC offense, Northeastern once again got into the redzone in an attempt to steal the game away in the closing seconds. UC senior Mason Good put an end to the Knight threat with an interception inside the five yard line, which sent the game into overtime.
The Indians were first to score in the first overtime period, with a power run by senior Josh Crawford. With a failed 2-point conversion, UC went up 12-6.
Despite valiant effort by the Indian defense, the Knights were able to tie it up at 12 a piece, after a fourth down penalty called on UC.
In the second OT period, it took the Indian offense just one play from scrimmage, as Crawford scored his second overtime touchdown.
As in regulation, the UC defense denied the Knights a touchdown, securing the 18-12 Tri-Eastern Conference victory.
“We had some bad calls against us in overtime, but that is part of the game and we were able to keep our composure and hold our ground,” said head coach Mike Thompson.
“We played four solid quarters of physical football tonight and it paid off for us,” he added. “If you take away the special teams, this game wouldn’t have went into overtime. We just pounded the ball on the ground and had good control of the clock.”
“Even though it took a little longer, it was a great game and a great win for us…especially on Homecoming night,” Coach Thompson concluded.
The Indians are now 2-3 on the season, and 2-2 in TEC play. They will look to make it two in a row as they travel to Union County for a conference showdown with the Patriots.
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PHOTO CAPTION: Union City senior Josh Crawford scores the first of his two overtime touchdowns to help the Indians win 18-12 in double overtime over Northeastern. (Clinton Randall photo)