October 30th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

High school football game goes 12 overtimes

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.

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  1. Lady Dragon

    thanks to everybody who supports our football team. it means a whole lot to us. but to those of you that think our boys just wasted time and wated the space on the artical. our boys worked there butts off. they played non-stop, in 30 something degree weather, and never gave up. and our fans stayed with us until 1:05a.m. thats what i call american football. y'all just love to see people fail because y'all have nothing better in your lives. so you chose to hate on high school people. and i'm glad that Nacogdoches and Jacksonville are finally being noticed in the nation. are community works hard and supports us so we can go out and do great things like set national records. so to all you haters, go out and get a life so you can stop thinking your all high and mighty just because you talk some trash about two Texas High School football teams that just accompised more in one night then you ever will.

    October 31, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • rufus levin

      Judging from your poor spelling, you must have been a cheerleader or a flag girl. You make the point. You get your kicks on watching SOME OTHER kid run up and down the field with a football, and NOTHING watching some bright kid getting great grades and LEARNING in school. Just a matter of simple minded priorities....WalMart Minds.

      November 1, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. NoSuchThingAsAnOpinion

    Have footballers ever wondered what someone who ranked 74th in the world in intelligence thinks about political and social issues? NoSuchThingAsAnOpinion. nosuchthingasanopinion.weebly.com/no-such-thing-as-an-opinion.html

    October 31, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. bvs

    i agree w klean kut LETS GO GIANTS!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. texasboi

    texas baby we blowin up

    November 1, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. rufus levin

    Well and good. But Texas' EDUCATION ranks REALLY low in the nation, and high in drop out and failure rates. Glad that eveyone jes luvs dat fooseball, but these will be the same kids that get their news from John Stewart and Steven Colbert, and watch Comedy Central rather than CNN or Fox to have a clue what their taxes are paying for. Simple minded folks love simple minded games...and never grow up or amount to much other than watching Oprah or working a semi-skilled job IF THERE IS ONE. But they can "afford" a fishing rig and a ATV to go hunting Deer in. Maybe it is just a thing about LIFE PRIORITIES. Never Growing Up. Dumbed down schools, dumbed down kids, dumber parents, and school systems prepared to spend millions on sports stadiums and band halls, but minimums on science labs and nothing for GOOD teachers.

    November 1, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Gordon

    @rufus levin

    "school systems prepared to spend millions on sports stadiums and band halls, but minimums on science labs and nothing for GOOD teachers." That's a good point, but there's no reason to denigrate the people or players involved. I am a college student originally from Jacksonville, and I still enjoy watching high school games occasionally. You make it sound like "interested in football" equates somehow with "ignorant redneck." Some of the smartest kids in school are actually on the football team, and many of them go on to college, some of them for free on sports scholarships. This is a sports blog, for god's sake – keep your discussion to sports, and leave your prejudices against East Texans at the door.

    November 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Marcia Mason

    So proud to be a neighbor of this fine bunch of fighting Tomato Bowlers! Of course, my other neighbors to the east really gave it everything they had in good o' Nac. Nice job fellas, on both sides, sincere congratulations.
    Still, it seems a shame that all this TX school district money is spent on a few male HS football athletes and nothing on teaching them to swim. So tired of hearing about drownings in our TX lakes and rivers, when schools are not teaching swimming to all students, male and female. Someone told me once, that no one ever drowned running with a football. So we have lots of fine football athletes, who must all be advised to stay out of the water. Such a pity. Who can put a price on the life of one drowned student? Easy, it's the cost of the continuing football program.

    November 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Styx

    Sports are an important part of high school. Don't be so negative. I don't care for football, but I do support high school sports.

    October 30, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jason B.

    Calling Texas a "loser" state is harsh. But I do agree that they take high school sports WAY too seriously. I mean, good grief, some of their high schools have larger, nicer stadiums than many colleges.

    @ Styx – But too much emphasis is placed on high school sports. Many schools are suffering with super tight budgets, but its academic programs that get cut...not the ever sacred sports.

    October 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Queen Solomon

    I so agree.

    Sports, Music, and the Arts are as important as any academic.

    Why is it that America defines "Smart" as how well one does on a 50 problem Bubble Test is beyond me!

    Sound in Body..Sound in Mind!!

    Everyone has different talents and they must be an integral part of the educational scene!

    Education must include all facets of life..not just the Book Smart People!!

    I know many Academia People that do not have a clue as to how to hang a picture!!

    This-One-Size Fits all mindset must go!

    Do you want people that only know how to take a test whose bodies are never exercised who start to look like bloated rubber bands or do you want a diverse society sharing all of their talents for the good of all??

    October 31, 2010 at 5:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jeff

    @JasonB: It is proven, that students who participate in extra-curricular activity, including sports, have higher graduation rates, attend college at a better percentage, and have higher "standardized" test scores, than students who DO NOT participate in extra-curricular programs. And football is the largest extra-curricular sport, with the biggest number of participants. Football also often drives a school's athletic budget, as more people turn out to see those games than any other sport (Cross-country, tennis, swimming? Miniscule attendance, if any at all ...) Maybe the answer to better schooling is to require ALL students be active in an extra-curricular!

    October 31, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. paul

    in many ways you are right on the money. There are several high schools that are boasting 10-15 million dollar stadiums in texas. However this and the head coaches salary, which averages over 100,000 dollars in texas are supported by tax payer dollars. Not to mention the stadiums themselves are covered through bonds that the taxpayers vote on.

    November 2, 2010 at 5:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. susan

    @ Jeff ... I totally agree with you...!!! Jacksonville high school has produced several college and NFL quarter backs, CNN technicians, CBS NEWS journalist, actors, singers and all around productive members of society, and all we're involved in extra curricular activities!! And I'm proud to be a JHS alumni!!!

    October 31, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. paul

    Jacksonville HS is the alma mater of NFL players Josh and Luke McCown as well as Toby Gowin. Nacogdoches HS is the alma mater of NBA player Damion James, Professional Soccer Player Clint Dempsey

    November 2, 2010 at 5:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
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