When exciting games are won by one point, it’s a big deal. In overtime? A huge deal.
A double overtime game won by one point? You can bet that fans will love that.
Cougar fans felt that love late Saturday night as the COC football team upset undefeated Antelope Valley College 62-61 at Marauder Stadium in what was a total shootout between Canyon quarterback Ryan Kasdorf and Antelope Valley’s double threat of Derrick Dison and Edwin Westlund.
While each team had big plays on defense and special teams as well, it was clear that the fourteen scoring drives from both teams were what stood out in the game. Kasdorf threw 36 of 57 for 499 yards and four touchdowns, while AVC threw 15 of 23 for 240 yards and rushed the ball for 329 yards.
While each team’s young men under center had impressive statistics, big playmakers showed up to help their team score as well.
The Cougars had help from the freshman sensation Tim White, who had 13 catches for 192 yards (including a 68 yard touchdown), and Kwasi Washington’s six receptions for 82 yards. The Marauders’ playmaker was Jhaston Faggans, who had 183 rushing yards on 25 touches and scored three times.
The opening drive from each team resulted in a punt, but after that it would be all offense. COC scored with 8:41 left in the 1st quarter but missed the PAT. Three minutes later, the Marauders would score, get the PAT and the lead at 7-6.
The rest of the game would be a constant back-and-forth between each team on scoring. Everytime Kasdorf would lead the team into the redzone and score, AVC would score the next drive. Including the opening drives, there were a total of just five punts in the game between the two teams.
It finally came down to the 4th quarter where Kasdorf and the Cougars had a chance to take the lead after stopping the Marauders for only the second time of the night. However, an interception on the AVC 6 yard line would send the game into overtime.
Each team came up short in their first drives for overtime, but Antelope Valley made sure to not repeat that mistake by scoring on their next drive. The extra point kick was then blocked by the COC special teams squad, giving the Cougars a chance to win on one last drive.
Kasdorf threw the ball complete to receiver Tim White on third and eight, setting up running back Andre Brown for his third touchdown and to tie the game at 61-61. Neil Franklin then kicked the game-winning extra point to make it his eighth straight successful kick of the night and win the game.
The Cougars (2-4, 1-1 Northern Conference) will host the Ventura Pirates next week at home. The Marauders (4-1, 2-0 Pacific Conference) will travel to face Santa Barbara next weekend.