Dawgz end season with phenomenal 57-51 OT victory
OKLAHOMA CITY- The Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz defeated the Amarillo Dusters 57-51 in an incredible overtime victory in front of 7,582 screaming fans at Ford Center. The Dawgz ended their fifth season with two back-to-back last-second victories and a 6-10 overall record.
Amarillo struck first in the contest on a 1 yard run by WR Craig Fulton Jr. The Dawgz answered back when QB Evan Gray connected with Yard Dawgz veteran WR Al Hunt and tied the game at 7.
The Dusters scored on their first possession of the second quarter on a 9 yard pass from QB Joel Steele to Jim Lukowiak. Oklahoma City's Steve Smith made a spectacular catch in the end zone to tie the game at 14. A huge hit by the Dawgz defense resulted in a fumble and quick score for the home team with 5:35 left in the half. Steele found Amarillo's leading receiver, Lukowiak, in the end zone to take the lead, 21-20. The Dawgz received the ball with 2:36 before halftime and scored on a 6 yard run by FB Freddie Rollins. Amarillo took a two point lead on a 7 yard pass from Steele to Lukowiak and ended the half 28-26.
Kicker Ben Scott knocked a 43 yard field goal through the net to give the Dawgz a 1 point lead early in the third quarter. Steele found WR Brian Murph for another 6 points and the 5 point lead. Each team scored once more to finish the quarter Oklahoma City 36, Amarillo 34.
The fourth quarter began with a 17 yard field goal by Dusters kicker Jacob Felton and the 1 point lead. The back-and-forth battle continued throughout the quarter with two more scores by both teams and took the Dawgz to their first overtime since 2004.
The Dusters received the ball to start overtime. Oklahoma City DB Andre Burns had his first interception of the night and gave the Dawgz an opportunity to get on the board. A missed field goal by Ben Scott led to sudden death and Amarillo's last chance to score. A sack and forced fumble by LB Michael Tolbert and a fumble recovery by JLS Ironman of the Game, Fred Shaw, gave the Dawgz the ball on Amarillo's 6 yard line. On 3rd down, Oklahoma City's Freddie Rollins powered his way into the end zone to earn the hard-fought victory for the Yard Dawgz.
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