The Ottawa Hills Bengals and Wayland Wildcats played in a thriller on Friday night. In overtime at Houseman Field, the Bengals won 28-22.
Wayland got out to a hot start, taking a 14-8 lead at halftime. They would extend their lead on a Dustin Loomans quarterback keeper and two-point conversion. With just twelve minutes to go, they led by fourteen points.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Ottawa Hills inched closer. On 4th and 6, Keymarion Gibson powered across the goal line and into the end zone. He would convert the try, pulling the Bengals within six.
Scharai Horton would even this game with a touchdown run. A missed two-point try left the game at a 22-22 draw. It would stay this way as the teams went to overtime.
In the extra frame, Ottawa Hills got the football first. Keymarion Gibson scored his third touchdown of the night to put the Bengals ahead by six. Wayland would try to respond, but they faced a pivotal fourth down play. Mauricio “Leo” Posey proved to be the hero, as he forced a fumble that sealed the victory for the Bengals.
Scharai Horton had 108 rushing yards for the Bengals. Keymarion Gibson rushed for a team-high 146 yards and three scores.
Ottawa Hills is now 2-2 on the season, the team’s highest win total since 2015. Next week, they have an old-school City League showdown with Grand Rapids Catholic Central. Wayland now sits at 0-4 on the year. They will try to get their first win against South Christian on Friday.