Chillicothe’s cardiac finishes continued Friday night on an 18 yard touchdown run by Nate Rosenbauer in overtime for a 20-14 win at Miami Trace.
It was the first overtime victory for Chillicothe. They dropped their other OT game at Portsmouth in 2011.
The Cavs won the coin toss and denied the Panthers on four downs and out. On its possession, Chillicothe took Markel Cain two plays left for six yards and then went right with a pitch to Rosenbauer for the game winner.
In a post game interview on WBEX, Lou Postage asked Rosenbauer what he saw when he got the ball in his hands "Green grass." Add to that a Cavalier victory and a wave of teammates piling up on the sophomore just outside the end zone.
Miami Trace entered the game averaging 42 points through the first three weeks, and looked as if they would do the same to Chillicothe. The Panthers scored first on a 1 yard TD run by Trevor Haines just 2:55 into the game. After forcing a Cavalier punt, Miami Trace punched in another score to post a 14-0 lead on a 36 yard run by QB Jimmy Stroker.
In a near repeat performance of the Big Walnut game in week two of the season, the Panthers gained the bulk of their 226 yards on the first two series. But as it had two weeks ago, the Cavs’ defense answered the bell. Chillicothe limited the Panthers to 104 yards the rest of regulation.
Before the half, Cavs quarterback Ryan Mathis rolled to pass and escaped the defensive pressure to camper 40 yards towards the end zone. Mathis lost the ball at the 6 and Eddie Wells scooped up the loose ball near the goal line. Mathis called his own number to get the Cavs on the board as time expired to cut the deficit in half 14-7.
In the second half, Chillicothe tied the game on a 2 yard run by Mathis with 21.8 seconds remaining in the third. The score followed a Miami Trace fumble at its own 25.
The Cavs had three more opportunities to take the lead, but failed to capitalize. After the tying touchdown, Jake Weber’s onside kick was recovered by Wells. A second chance came when a snap went beyond the punter and Chillicothe got the ball at the Panthers’ 18 and again getting possession at the Miami Trace 32, fumbled it back to the Panthers.
Miami Trace played it safe to the end of regulation to force the extra period.
The Panthers outgained Chillicothe 226-181. Ryan Mathis had 55 yards rushing on 10 carries, Rosenbauer 52 on 10 lugs while Cain and Daiquan Hall combined for another 56 yards.
Trevor Haines led Miami Trace with 94 yards on 17 carries.
Chillicothe is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1998, and won an SCOL game for the first time since they took Hillsboro 14-7 in 1931.
The Cavs (4-0/1-0) will travel back to Fayette County next week for a battle with Washington. The Blue Lions (3-1/1-0) outlasted East Clinton (1-3/0-1) 49-32 Friday night. Miami Trace (3-1/0-1) travels to Hillsboro (1-3/0-0) next week.