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Fort Valley State with more OT magic

Wildcats get their first win of the year in dramatic fashion.

Fort Valley State with more OT magic

The saving grace for Fort Valley State last year was a triple-overtime win over Clark Atlanta that kept them in their SIAC divisional race despite a 1-6 start.  Fast forward to this season and the Wildcats are sitting at 0-2 with divisional opponent Benedict coming to the Valley.

More overtime

This time it was just double overtime as Fort Valley State (1-2) beat Benedict (2-2) by a 31-28 score.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 21-0 in the second quarter behind three Slade Jarman touchdown passes.  Meanwhile, it wasn’t until the 12:11 mark of the third quarter that Benedict got on the board with a 49-yard rushing touchdown from Trini Charlton.  The Tigers put up two more unanswered touchdowns in the fourth, first with Dominique Harris finding Myquerris McGrier for a six-yard score.  Then with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth, Harris used his 6’4 265-pound frame to rush in for a four-yard score to tie it at 21.

Make it a double

The game would go to overtime while both teams exchanged touchdowns to force a second overtime.  After Fort Valley settled for a Juan Serna field goal to make it 31-28, Benedict had a decent shot to win the game.  On a second down play Niykiem Floyd forced a fumble by Harris, the Wildcats recovered the ball and the game was over.

Benedict is back at home next week hosting Central State.  Fort Valley has a big road trip in front of them, traveling to take on Southern University out of the SWAC.

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