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(9)Southridge upsets (2)Jesuit in overtime, 28-27 Saturday, November 03, 2007

Junior running back Kirk Werhane runs into the end zone to score for the Skyhawks in overtime Nov. 2 as ninth-ranked Southridge upset no.-2 Jesuit 28-27 in the final game of the regular season. The Skyhawks won when Jesuit missed a convert attempt in the extra period.

Friday night's Jesuit-Southridge game proved a thrilling finish to the season for the highly competitive Metro League.

Jesuit came into the match 4-0 in league play and had the opportunity to clinch the Metro League title with a win over Southridge. The Skyhawks (3-1), on the other hand, were looking for a share of the title and an improved playoff berth.

Jesuit's Anthony Blake tries to pick his way through a stack of gold helmets in the second quarter.

The early going was all Jesuit, with the Crusaders storming out to a 14-0 lead. Southridge came back with three touchdowns of their own
to take a 21-14 lead late into the fourth quarter.

Jesuit wasn't about to give up, though, and tied the game with just 22 seconds left on the clock.

Everybody! Let's chase Austin Cheek!

In overtime, the teams alternate possessions from the 25-yard line. Southridge got the ball first, and efficiently moved the ball, finishing with a five-yard run by Kirk Werhane.

Jesuit quarterback Scott Williams connected with Raphiel Lambert for a 25-yard touchdown to nearly even the score. But the extra point attempt missed. The Crusaders were stunned, and kicker Brenden McAleese was heartbroken.

The full house of Skyhawks fans, though, poured onto the field to celebrate with the team.

Kirk Werhane falls into the end zone in the to tie the game for Southridge in the third quarter. (below) Skyhawks players and fans celebrate the win on the field.