For just the third time in series history, the outcome of the Big Game was still undecided after 48 minutes of intense, exciting high school football action. The overtime period was the first for the Eagles since the rules were changed from the old "penetration" style to the current rules similar to the college game. The Eagles had the ball first in OT on the 15 yard line and wasted no time in rejuvinating the throngs of Northside faithful. One the first play, QB Jacobi Rodriguez bootlegged to the right and looped a pass to Nick Bass who grabbed the ball and fell into the endzone just under 2 quickly closing Demon defenders sending the Eagle fans into a frenzy. The excitement was dampened somewhat when the Eagles missed the ensuing PAT to make the score 20-14 with the Demons ready to take their chance from the 15 yard line. The Eagle defense, however, was not about to let this one get away. The Demon's first 3 attempts resulted in a short rush, an incomplete pass, and a sack setting up the decisive 4th and 20. Senior Sam Robinson once again led the relentless Eagle pass rush and sacked the Demon QB to end the game and give the Eagles the City Championship and Sub-Region title.
The Demons led at halftime 7-0 behind a blocked punt returned 42 yards for a touchdown. The Eagle offense could not generate any consistency in the fast first half due to penalties and their first interception of the year. The Eagle defense was outstanding. They held the Demons to 23 yards rushing on 19 carries in the first half and to 89 yards on 40 carries for the game! After the Demons returned the interception deep into Eagle territory, a couple plays later the Demons were setup with a first and goal from the 5. The D proceeded to stuff 3 successive running plays to force a field goal attempt from the Demons on fourth down. Donshea Simmons then flashed in from the Demon right side of the line to block the FG attempt to keep the Eagles still down only 7-0.
The Eagles returned the second half kickoff to the 25. On the first play from scrimmage, senior Byron Hunter took a handoff up the middle, bounced to the outside, and outran the Demon secondary 75 yards for a touchdown and a tie game just 22 seconds into the second half. At 2:23 of the third quarter, Rodriquez hooked up with Hunter with a beautifully excecuted 16 yard screen pass for a touchdown and the lead at 14-7. The Demons fought back with their best drive of the night culminating in a 4 yard TD run to once again tie the game at 14 with 8:26 left in the fourth quarter.
After an exhange of punts, the Eagles were pinned on their own 16 with only 55 seconds left in regulation. The Eagles were content to kill the clock and fight it out in overtime, however, 2 big runs gave the Eagles a chance for a pass attempt. Rodriquez then hit Bass deep down the middle for a big 40 yard gain down to the Demon 30. After an incompletion, the Demons then picked off an Eagle pass and returned the ball into Eagle territory. The Demons attempted a long pass but were called for offensive interference, but the Eagles were then called for a dead ball unsportsmanlike penalty. After the dust had settled, the Demons set up for about a 50 yard FG with less the 2 seconds left. The attempt fell short and the fans on both sides fell exhausted back into their seats before the overtime period.
It was not always pretty, but it was indeed another classic battle in the state's biggest high school rivalry.