BATTLE CREEK – It’s hard to pinpoint what the most remarkable part of Oakland-Craig’s overtime win over Battle Creek was on Friday.
Perhaps it was Oakland-Craig out-gaining a top 2 team in the state on the road 303 yards to just 41, building a 21-0 lead in the process.
Maybe it was Battle Creek roaring back, scoring 21 unanswered points over the course of eight minutes in the fourth quarter.
It might have been Oakland-Craig’s ability to bounce back from the shock of the 4th, keep Battle Creek out of the end zone on their overtime possession and score the game-winner just a few moments later.
Whichever it was, the end result was Oakland-Craig avenging three straight losses to the Braves with an impressive road win that could see them climb to the top of the C2 rankings next week.
Oakland-Craig quarterback Evan Reinert, playing his first game of the season after an injury kept him out of the Knights’ week one game against Malcolm, set the tone early, with a 70-yard touchdown run just 43 seconds into the game.
Reinert would then show off his arm in the second quarter, hitting Kobe Benne in stride on a 70-yard pass play that extended Oakland-Craig’s lead to two touchdowns.
Reinert’s legs did more work later in the quarter, with his three-yard run giving the Knights a three-touchdown lead at the break.
Battle Creek adjusted at the half, switching to a more wide-open four-receiver offensive set that saw them much more success moving the ball. But they were denied twice in the third, once on an apparent touchdown catch by Levi Finkral that was ruled out of bounds, and then again on a Ty Heimes pass that was intercepted by Benne.
But in the fourth, the Braves finally broke through, courtesy of a 24 yard touchdown pass from Heimes to Stone Kraft.
After a fumble recovery, Battle Creek scored again just two minutes and 47 seconds later, when a Heimes desperation pass on 4th and 10 somehow made it past the outstretched arm of Benne and into the waiting hands of Kraft who took it 47 yards to the house, bringing the Braves within eight.
Battle Creek would get their final chance after stopping Oakland-Craig on a fourth and short late in the 4th quarter. The ensuing drive was capped off with Heimes hitting Kraft for a third touchdown. Weston Johnson converted the two-yard conversion, sending the game to overtime.
Somehow, Oakland-Craig was able to dig deep and keep Battle Creek out of the endzone on their first overtime possession. The Braves settled for a 22-yard field goal by Ryan Brauer, only to give up the game-winning touchdown run by Reinert on the following possession.
1 2 3 4 OT F
OAKLAND-CRAIG (2-0) – 6 15 0 0 6 – 27
BATTLE CREEK (1-1) – 0 0 0 21 3 – 24
Evan Reinert – 12/24, 200 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Evan Reinert – 20 car, 148 yds, 3 TD’s
Ben Smith – 15 car, 69 yds
Robby Mayberry – 3 car, 3 yds
Kobe Benne – 2 car, 0 yds
Garrett Seagren – 1 car, -7 yds
Kobe Benne – 5 rec, 91 yds, 1 TD
Robby Mayberry – 3 rec, 36 yds
Garrett Seagren – 2 rec, 32 yds
Jefferson McNeill – 1 rec, 31 yds
Garrison Dodge – 1 rec, 10 yds
Ty Heimes – 12/24, 188 yds, 3 TD’s, 1 INT
Weston Johnson – 24 car, 82 yds
Ty Heimes – 9 car, 30 yds
Blake Heller – 1 car, 6 yds
Stone Kraft – 7 rec, 136 yds, 3 TD’s
Slate Kraft – 2 rec, 22 yds
Blake Heller – 1 rec, 20 yds
Ben Prauener – 1 rec, 8 yds
Owen Lade – 1 rec, 2 yds
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