In a prep football game sure to go down in history, two Texas high school teams both went four score and then some Friday night.
In the end, the Fightin’ Indians of Jacksonville High School emerged victorious over the Nacogdoches Golden Dragons, 84-81.
Scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start, the District 14-4A game went 12 overtimes and didn’t end until 12:58 a.m. Saturday, according to CNN affiliate KLTV.
The 12 overtimes and nearly six hours of play may be a national prep school record. According to the National High School Record Book, two football games have reached nine overtimes.
Jacksonville and Nacogdoches scored a combined 165 points, well short of the national record, but only 21 points behind the Texas record. In 1930, Spur High School whipped Lorenzo 186-0.
The teams combined for 60 first downs and more than 1,000 yards, according to the Daily Sentinel, the Nacogdoches newspaper.
Jacksonville (7-2, 5-1) led 28-14 at halftime, but Nacogdoches (3-6, 2-4) roared back to tie the score by the end of regulation, the Daily Sentinel reported.
In overtime, one team proceeded to score after the other. Jacksonville then Nacogdoches. Then 'Doches. Then J-ville. Back and forth.
Call it the Texas see-saw massacre.
Both teams were fighting for a playoff berth. Jacksonville only needed a win to qualify. Nacogdoches needed a victory by eight points, which complicated things on the Dragons’ end.
‘Doches could have won the game several times after scoring touchdowns, according to KLTV, but lacking the needed 8-point margin of victory, the Dragons kept throwing the ball out of the back of the end zone, extending the game.
Finally, perhaps thankfully, in the 12th overtime, the Dragons were closing in for another score inside the opponents’ 10-yard-line but lost possession on a fumble.
Jacksonville moved the ball down the field and, as seen on YouTube, the Indians' Rodrigo Carreon kicked a 19-yard field goal for the win.
The loss eliminated Nacogdoches from playoff contention.
Jacksonville will face John Tyler next week for the district title, according to KTRE.