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. rob s

    Way to go guys on both teams.

    October 30, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MilesAustin


    October 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texasfootballfan4life

      American football tops sissy football ANY DAY. I can't stand soccer. But you reminded me of a time I was at a game in NY. The kids carried all their equipment in and there were 30 people in the stands. No bands, no drill teams. We get 10,000 on a good Friday night. Our bands and drill teams are tops in the nation, not just the state. At our state games, it is nothing to get 50,000 plus to attend. Anyway, the kid took the ball in the endzone and didn't run it back. I asked why he didn't run it out of the endzone. The guy next to me said "you can't do that in high school". I said you could in Texas and he said "but that's REAL football". Enough said.

      October 31, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anthony Rumfield

    They needed to win by 8 or more because the district race is so close. If they could have won by 8 or more they would have still had a chance to go to the playoffs. @ Jason B. How is it we take our sports too seriously? Just because there are schools with large stadiums doesn't mean we take sports too seriously, we just love our football.

    October 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scrillz

    Great story. I think when it comes to Sports Texas is #1 and when it comes to education Texas is in the top 15 states with a great graduation rate. People who diss Texas and HS sports need to get a life. I guess you would of read another Brittany Spears or Lindsey Lohan story.

    October 30, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      So long as there are pics, yes... 🙂

      October 31, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • rufus levin

      Your facts are wrong. Texas has terrible graduation rates.

      November 1, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chief SensitiveCloud

    I am offended by the name "fightin indians" I think the victory was hollow because of this blatant Insensitivity.

    October 30, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • rufus levin

      You would rather that they be named Custer's Cavalry.....that was also Fightin Indians...(Indians won also)

      November 1, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. bridget garcia

    O! You people arent from the south! Friday nite football is life and death of southern small towns expecialy in texas and arkansas! Trust me im from arkansas! And that must have been a heck of a game! I hope they have it on video! omg wish I could have seen it!

    October 31, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. fan

    I attended this game, and commend each of the players for the amazing amount of effort given. Along with the fans who stayed the whole 5 hours trying to keep the playoff dream alive. Although the dream was not reached, it was a news-worthy event, and a night I will remember forever. Anyone who thinks otherwise has obviously not experienced Texas High School football. Because there is nothing more mind-blowing than Friday Night Lights in Texas. Thanks again to all who have praised us for our hard work.

    October 31, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Devil's Advocate

    Many of the high school sports programs and stadiums are privately funded not school or government funded. As for it being taken too seriously, it brings entire communities together and keeps families close, active, out off the house on away from the Wii.

    October 31, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • MISTY

      Good point

      October 31, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      sorry you missed the mark here. In texas the stadiums are generally covered by the taxpayers within their school district. The school will make a bond proposal for the cost of the stadium then it will go to vote with the property owners within that district. If it passes then the property tax rate in that area will increase by whatever margin is necessary in order to pay off the stadium the rest of the cost if any is covered by the school. High School football in Texas often makes a profit for the school.

      November 2, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. bridget garcia

    What a game it must have been! More people should shut up and spend a nite at their local highschool game and then maybe you could grasp the point of the story these young people played for what they love and let me tell ya to get on the team is a heck of a thing to do. I played football for my local school. Only female on the team and you play for the love of the game and for self pride!

    October 31, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Christopher H.

    What utter dreck. Come on CNN at least pretend you're an international news source and not a small town newspaper. I'm a football fan but I couldn't care less about some random high school teams' game.

    October 31, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. tonya

    Well I have to say those who hate high school football, is just plain stupid if it wasn't for high school football we wouldn't have nfl!!! Iam a football mom in oberlin,La.we are district champs, and I know that a kid in sports don't do drugs or get in trouble with the law!!!!!

    October 31, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. merle

    @chris put a sock in it. If more people cared about the youth of America then maybe that would give these kids a feeling of pride. Remember that the youth of today will soon be the ones running our towns cities states and country. So you just sit on your porch and yell at those damn kids that go through two a days in the Texas heat. You sir are a person that would make your momma proud to have raised such a great American.

    October 31, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • rufus levin

      The very THOUGHT that THESE kids are going to be running our towns and government, without any knowledge of anything more than how to text message each other and run up and down a grassy field with a football makes my blood cold.

      November 1, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. merle

    Further more. What Chris? Fail to make the team?

    October 31, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. merle

    It isnt just the football. I have enjoyed some great marching bands. Say what you want but there are more fans of high school and college teams here in Texas than any pro team could wish for. Why? It is a thing that happens in small towns to big cities. PRIDE

    October 31, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. MISTY

    I am very proud of these young men. Their in school getting an education and having fun at the same time. Some of you that are leaving negative msgs need to praise these kids and lift them up. That's exactly what's wrong with this world, we want lift one another up. If you are an adult talking like this, you ought to be ashame of yourselves. If one of those young men were your child, you would be jumping for joy right now. BLESS YOUR HEART

    October 31, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
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