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. merle

    Jerry Jones would love to fill a fraction of his football cathederal with real fans. People that dont live in the south always talk of football as a curse. Do they not understand that at a collegiate leval football revenue helps other teams or athletes in the athletic dept?

    October 31, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. kale

    That's cool. They'll remember that for the rest of their lives.

    October 31, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. deanna

    Why is it that someone has to gripe for are you serious this is a great story quite frankly with all the crap going on now its great to hear a story like this one get a grip will ya

    October 31, 2010 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
    • rufus levin

      I would rather have watched 6 hours of this football game than listen to 10 minutes of the idiot pretending to be the President talk about himself and how bad everyone and everything was before he got to Washington to SAVE all of us inferior citizens who are too stupid to know what is best for ourselves. If all folks care about is high school sports and Comedy Central yuks, I suppose he might be correct.

      November 1, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    This game certainly beckons for the time when it was OK for a game to end in a tie. Do any of you recall? How do we keep a straight face when we tell our kids "it's not about winning or losing...." and then won't allow their games to end in a tie anymore?

    October 31, 2010 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    @Merle....you speak of "care for the youth of America". I'll believe that lie when I see seatbelts and airbags on school buses. Until then, make sure you have a 5-star crash rating on that new car of yours so you can safely drive your kids to the zero-star school bus.

    October 31, 2010 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
    • AR15

      it has been proven many times that busses are much safer than cars when it comes to transportation.

      October 31, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Queen Solomon

    There should be a limit on overtimes!
    Both teams should go to the playoffs!

    October 31, 2010 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jason

    Wow... I don't live in Texas so I have never heard of these teams, but 12 overtimes! That can only result from two things:

    Either both teams suck, or both teams are extremely good.

    Judging by the high score, I would hazard to guess both teams are extremely good.

    October 31, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. merle

    @phil laws are being passed how long till they take effect? btw the city bus I take to work would be a death trap in a wreck the person least likley to be hurt would be a person in a wheel chair they are secured with straps and tie downs.

    October 31, 2010 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    @Merle...laws are being passed? just waiting to take effect? Oh I get it!!! You speak of the already-written "victory act" waiting to replace the "patriot act". right?

    October 31, 2010 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. rodger

    these are not prep schools

    October 31, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Terry

    I thought that state high school athletic associations had curfews. While this is great to see, I would tend to worry about the health and safety of tired amateur athletes.

    October 31, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • rufus levin

      Not a problem. The kids playing football are not doing anything else, and get to sleep through their dumbed down classes anyway. I read that school district paid more for their sports clubhouse than for anything else in the school district for academics, and has to borrow money they don't have to build new elementary schools for a bunch of illegal Mexicans moving there for unskilled labor jobs, as that is all that there is left after the smart kids grew up and left East Texas to go where educated people can get real jobs and something other than a WalMart existence and racing ATVs in a mud pit near a local river. Glad that they can be famous for a high school football game. I read where one of the school's football coaches was arrested for being part of a dog fighting gambling ring. Great mentoring through sports teams!!!

      November 1, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. JodyBoy

    big deal. some itty bitty high school teams played a long football game. so what?
    it was probably staged and CNN drank the kool ade.

    October 31, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • fan

      I was there. It was not staged. Get off your lazy butt and realize these boys accomplished more than you ever will.

      October 31, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Lanie

      I was there too, it was crazy, and freezing, man! I left at 40-something 40-something to go chit-chat with an old friend but you bet I was listening to it on the radio. 😀 Not staged, at all.

      October 31, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. matt

    Why is he calling these prep schools? jacksonville and nachodoches are public schools.

    October 31, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      @Matt: In high school sports, they refer to all of the schools as "prep schools." I used to work in the sports department at a newspaper and I work in the "Prep Sports" section...

      October 31, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • rufus levin

      Because the "prep" the kids to go out into the REAL world without the ability to speak proper English grammar, with no vocabulary other than text messaging symbols, without any grasp of responsibility or skills, but with the desire to buy stuff and look good to other folks while leading lives of mere existence, and contributing NOTHING to the nation that paid over $50,000 EACH to put them through school for free.

      November 1, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. Merlin

    Without the marching bands, cheerleaders and drill teams, football would only be a game, but in Texas it is an event. This will be an event all these students will remember and discuss for a long time. Few realize the bands, cheer-leading squads and drill teams all compete similarly across the state and even across the nation. Academics is important, but just as important are activities which promote the arts and team building skills regardless of winning or losing.

    October 31, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • rufus levin

      Yep, they will remember the game, but not who spoke or what they said at the Graduation exercise...as MANY won't even make it that for. They will remember the game but not anything from Algebra, or English, or Biology, because they were bored and mentally asleep...but they were up until 1:30 AM watching the home team WIN. Same bunch will grow up and complain because the GOMMENT takes all de moneys and the POLTICIANS jes tell em lies....but will HAVE NO CLUE why the nation is in a SORRY state with a country filled with ignorant citizens who ONLY remember a football game. SMALL WORLD, FOLKS.

      November 1, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. G-Man

    Sports make money for their high schools. Are you saying we should charge students to attend classrooms?

    As a graduate of Jacksonville High School, I have to say I am proud of both teams. I liked Texas H. S. football better when only one team made the playoffs in each district, but again, mo games equals mo money, so there you go.

    MANY thanks to the gent who put the field goal and aftermath on youtube.

    Congrats, Coach Wells and all the JHS players. This record may stand for a very, very long time. Way to keep at it!

    October 31, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
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