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October 16, 2011

Barren County wins overtime thriller

RUSSELLVILLE — Tyler Furlong limped onto the field Friday night as the Trojans’ 20-14 victory was winding down in overtime after a big performance.

The Barren County Trojans had the ball in overtime against Logan County and they were just 10 yards from the endzone and 10 yards from victory. Furlong, nursing a shoulder injury and a leg injury, got the first handoff and limped his way to the 1 yard line. Then quarterback Luke Matthews called Shelby Bailey’s number, who took it in for the touchdown.

Furlong collapsed in exhaustion as the Trojans secured a 20-14 victory and a spot in the district playoffs.

“For the past four or five years we’ve backed into the playoffs,” said Barren County Coach Jason Esters. “We didn’t want to do that this year. We wanted to earn it and we did that tonight.”

Logan County got on the board first after recovering a Barren County fumbled punt. Jermaine Collier ran the ball in from the 6-yard line. The Trojans blocked the kick and the Cougars led 6-0 early in the opening period.

The two teams exchanged possessions and after the Trojans held the Cougars deep in their own territory, Bailey slipped through the Logan County line and blocked the Cougar punt. Cole Payne picked up the loose ball and ran it in for the touchdown. Chad Eaton got the two-point conversion to give the Trojans a temporary 8-6 advantage with 10:19 in the first half.

“Tonight, offensively it didnt look good,” said Esters. “But thanks to our defense and our special teams, they carried us tonight, like they have all year. I am proud of them for sticking it out. They could have quit, but they didn’t.”

The Cougars recovered a Barren County fumble with 9:24 to go in the third period and took just four plays to get it in the endzone. Justin Roan found Twin Lancaster with a 26-yard touchdown pass. The Cougars made the two-point conversion and took a 14-8 advantage just before the end of the third period.

The Trojans tied the game midway through the final period when they drove 80 yards on seven plays for a touchdown. Furlong capped the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. Barren County’s two point conversion failed.

Neither team could muster much offense the rest of the way and the game went into overtime.

“In the overtime we won the toss and elected to play defense because it gives you a chance to see what the other team does,” Esters said. “If they score a field goal, then we know we have to score a touchdown. If they score a touchdown, then we know the worst we can do is go into another overtime.”

The Trojans have two more regular season games yet to play before the playoffs get started. But for the Trojans, at least now, they know they will still be playing in the postseason.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” said Esters, tearing up slightly. “They left everything on the field tonight.”

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