By Ron Manzer
Glenns Ferry Pilots were up 14-6 at half on Friday night.
Melba’s varsity football had been plagued by a couple of fumbles throughout the game.
Just when Melba would seem to get their running game going, they would have another fumble.
Coincidently it was Glenns Ferry’s fumble that allowed for the Mustangs to take the game in double overtime.
With about six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Melba was down 14-20 and the ball was on the Pilots one yard line and it was third and 12, as a result of a couple of penalties.
Melba needed to go 99 yards in six minutes.
Mustangs had a great run for a first down but another fumble; fortunately the ball rolled out of bounds and Melba maintained possession.
With time running out, the guys had to start utilizing the passing game a little but kept missing some wide open receivers that were just a tad long.
This seemed to force Glenns Ferry to adjust their protection of the pass a little bit and opened up some lanes for Melba’s running game.
Mustangs had a few nice runs, one with another fumble that was recovered, to keep them moving down the field.
Finally, with a great pass from Danny Talbot to Coy Jones, Melba brought the ball down inside the five yard line.
Mustangs made a couple attempts up the middle that failed but a great call to fake the run and Talbot kept the ball as he swept left and cruised in for a touchdown.
After a failed two point conversion pass, the game was tied 20-20.
Melba kicked off with just over a minute left.
Glenns Ferry was able to make their way to mid-field but stalled out there.
Regulation ended on a controversial Glenns Ferry penalty in which Coach Coffin urged the officials to end the game as the clock should have continued to run after the whistle.
In the first OT, Glenns Ferry had the ball first on the ten yard line.
Pilots scored a touchdown on their first attempt but missed the two point conversion.
Melba responded with a touchdown of their own but also missed the two point conversion.
The teams switched sides for in double overtime and Melba had the ball first on the ten yard line.
Mustangs scored six points quickly.
It was now Glenns Ferry’s turn.
Pilots had a nice run that appeared to go out of bounds on the far sideline.
After the players came out of the pile with hands raised, the announcer stated there was a fumble that was recovered by Melba and the game was over.
Mustangs won with a score of 32-26.
It was a great team effort with several great coaching calls that made the difference.
Melba was patient and never panicked in spite of being down the entire game.