By John Bombatch
JAMESTOWN — Logan Test ran for two touchdowns, returned a kickoff 75 yards for another, and came up with the key fumble recovery to set up Bryce Wilson’s game-winning 20-yard field goal as time expired, as host Greeneview survived Springfield Northeastern’s second-half comeback for a 31-28 win, Friday night at Don Nock Field.
The field goal was from the typical distance of an extra point, but with the game on the line, Wilson said it was a nerve wracking situation.
“That’s the biggest kick of my life. Oh yeah, I was really nervous,” Wilson said between congratulatory hugs from teammates and fans. “This is easily the biggest kick of my career, for sure.”
Test scored on TD runs of 17 and 16 yards in the first half, then quarterback Collin Matt scored his own TD run, this one from eight yards out. Combined with three Wilson extra point conversions, the Rams appeared in command with a 21-0 first-half lead.
Northeastern responded with a nine-play touchdown drive, capped by a Bo Davis 4-yard scoring run, but then Test took the Jets kickoff and raced 75 yards for his third TD of the night.
The Jets’s drive may have helped them realize they could be effective running the ball against Greeneview (5-2, 3-1 Ohio Heritage Conference), because they ran and ran a lot in the second half. That ground success led to Dylan Hand’s score from 10 yards out, Hand’s TD pass to Mac Davis and Turner Hocter’s 34-yard TD run. Hand’s two-point conversion pass to Davis tied things up.
Then, with Northeastern (1-6, 1-3 OHC) at midfield and just over a minute left to play, the Jets ball carrier attempted a reverse lateral as he was going down, and Test recovered the errant pitch for a fumble recovery on Northeastern’s 44-yard line with 44 seconds to go.
Seven plays and a Rams timeout later, Wilson booted the game winner from 20 yards out to win the game.
“They get down, but they kept playing and they played hard. We’re dealing with a lot of adversity, we’re kinda banged up right now, but give Northeastern a lot of credit. They dug themselves a hole early, but they kept playing, too,” Greeneview coach Neal Kasner said. “But in the end, our kids just found a way to make one more play and get outta here with a win.”
Wilson was a perfect 4-of-4 in extra point tries before booting the game winner.
Test finished with 93 yards rushing on 21 carries for three scores. Hand carried the ball 15 times for 102 yards for the Rams, and he completed 8 of 11 passes for another 84 yards.
Northeastern outscored Greeneview 21-3 in the second half. Hocter led Northeastern in rushing with 103 yards gained on 16 hauls. Hand (61 yards), Bo Davis (64) and A.C. Leffel (65) each had over 60 yards rushing on a combined 37 carries. Hand also completed six of 13 passes for 73 yards.
The Jets gained 310 yards on the ground against Greeneview.
Northeastern will host Mechanicsburg on Friday, while Greeneview hits the road to play at South Charleston Southeastern that same day.
GOLDEN FOOTBALL: Former New England Patriots defensive back and Greeneview graduate Roland James presented the school with a Golden Football to commemorate his participation in Super Bowl XX. In celebration of the NFL’s 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, each high school with a former NFL player who participated in a Super Bowl game will receive a Golden Football.
Score by Quarters
Northeastern 0 7 7 14 — 28
Greeneview 14 14 0 3 — 31
G — Logan Test 17 run, Bryce Wilson kick
G — Test 16 run, Wilson kick
G — Collin Matt 8 run, Wilson kick
NE — Bo Davis 4 run, Riley McCorkle kick
G — Test 75 kickoff return, Wilson kick
NE — Dylan Hand 10 run, McCorkle kick
NE — Mac Davis 6 pass from Hand, kick blocked
NE — Turner Hocter 34 run, Davis pass from Hand
G — Wilson 20 field goal