The Jags, off next week, end their season at 2-8 overall and 1-7 in region play, losing their second overtime game this year -- the first was a 3-0 setback to crosstown rival Griffin High in the first game of the season. Spalding finishes the season on a 4-game losing streak while the Wildcats improve to 2-8, 2-5.
Spalding blew opportunities in the first half, as the Wildcats turned the ball over in their own territory twice in the first quarter but the Jags didn’t capitalize.
Locust Grove quarterback Keenan Wise ran all over Spalding in the second quarter, tallying 105 yards and touchdown runs of 13 and 19 yards in the first half. Hunter Mitcham’s 33-yard field goal with 1:52 left in the second gave the Wildcats a 17-0 lead and seemed to take the air out of Spalding.
But Jags quarterback Powell Krepps engineered a 10-play drive that led to a Tanner Gaff 30-yard field goal for the 17-3 score at the half, giving Spalding a bit of momentum for the second half.
The Jags got the ball first to start the third quarter and Krepps engineered an 11-play, 72-yard TD drive to cut the Wildcats lead to 17-10. Krepps carried the ball 7 times for 48 yards, calling his own number from the 1-yard line to get the Jags within seven points. After Wise fumbled for LG, Krepps tossed a 19-yard TD pass to Owens to tie the game at 17 with 4:16 left in the third.
Mitcham tried a 44-yard field goal with 3:26 left in regulation, but it was short and neither team had a scoring chance after that, sending the game into overtime. Both teams would start OT at their opponents’ 15-yard line.
Locust Grove started OT first and bruising fullback Quad Marshall scored on an 8-yard TD run. A motion penalty was called on the point-after, so LG had to kick it again five yards deeper and holder Slater Eckert mishandled the ball in the rain and the remained 23-17.
Spalding drove all the way to the LG 1 and looked to tie the game, but a motion penalty moved them back five yards. Krepps then threw an interception in the end zone, ending the game.
Wise had 19 carries for 127 yards and the two TDs for Locust Grove while Krepps had 20 carries for 72 yards with a TD run and pass.