AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It took four quarters and two overtimes to do it, but Austintown Fitch walked away from Falcon Stadium with a 24-21 double overtime victory over 11-time state champion Cleveland St. Ignatius Friday night.
Trailing 14-7 with only three seconds remaining in the game, DeonDray Richard’s touchdown forced overtime allowing a victory for the Falcons that seemed improbable late in the game.
Deshawn Vaughn added two scores for Fitch, including a touchdown in the first overtime session.
It was a defensive battle in the first half, with the lone score coming on a Vaughn touchdown pass to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.
Late in the third quarter, a Wildcats defender picked off an errant Falcons’ pass and returned it for a touchdown to tie the game.
Trailing 14-7 with only seconds remaining in the game, Richard’s touchdown for the Falcons forced overtime.
Vaughn scored his second touchdown in Fitch’s first overtime possesion, but the Wildcats answered.
St. Ignatius opted for a field goal opportunity in the second overtime, but missed, allowing Fitch seal a victory with a field goal of their own.
Austintown Fitch (3-1) will host Stow-Monroe Falls in week five.
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