Laurel wins overtime thriller for third straight victory
LAUREL, Del. – The Laurel Bulldogs capped off a double-digit comeback with a touchdown in overtime for their third-straight win, 27-21.
Rushing touchdowns by Dalton Hall from 1- and 8-yards out gave Indian River the early 14-0 lead.
Quadyr Whitney got the Bulldogs on the board in the second when he caught a 6-yard pass from freshman quarterback Kaden Shockley. Laurel tied the score with just 12.5 seconds before half on a 54-yard touchdown by Javier White.
Laurel recovered an IR fumble on their opening play of the third quarter and needed less than two minutes to capitalize. Junior Anthony Smith barreled across the goal line to put the Bulldogs in front.
As time expired in the third, with the horn sounding, running back Jalen Holland-Holloway outran the defense down the visitor sideline for a 23-yard score that tied the game.
It was tense down the stretch as both teams drove into enemy territory in the closing minutes, including a critical stop by the Indians at their own 7 with less than two minutes remaining on fourth-and-two.
Indian River’s offense got the first crack at the end zone from the 10-yard line in overtime, but a false start on first down immediately set them back.
It was Whitney that came up clutch for Laurel, with back-to-back sacks on second- and third-down. Laurel’s Preston Chambers picked off a fourth-and-35 pass from Reagan Dunn, and Laurel’s offense went to work starting at the 10.
On second-and-15 Shockley faked the quarterback keeper and pitched to Bricen Sanders who went untouched for the winning score.
Laurel (3-3) will travel to play unbeaten Woodbridge Friday at 7 PM. Indian River (1-5) will return home to face Delmar Friday at 7 PM.