By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – West Bolivar made the three-and-a-half hour drive worthwhile Friday, leaving Aberdeen with a 28-22 overtime win.
Kailo Moore ran it in from a yard out in overtime and Aberdeen quarterback Josh Williams’ fourth-down pass fell out of reach of Channing Ward’s grasp as the state’s No. 4 Class 2A Eagles improved to 4-1.
Two-time North 3A champ Aberdeen, the class’ No. 3 team, falls to 2-3.
“Offensively we played a whole lot better,” Aberdeen coach Chris Duncan said. “We went up and down the field. Defensively, I think we had a letdown tonight.”
Aberdeen’s heralded defense gave it two extra chances with late stops and the Bulldogs responded with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Aaron McMillian with 49 ticks to play to tie it at 22.
The two-point try failed and West Bolivar scored two plays into overtime.
Aberdeen opened the OT with an illegal substitution and picked up five yards before two incomplete passes.
“We knew it would be tough,” said Moore, a junior along with senior Ward two of the state’s top recruits. “It’s a real big win for our program.”
Moore ran it 27 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns. McMillian had 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns from his freshman quarterback.
Aberdeen’s Demario Wilson picked West Bolivar quarterback Kylan Johnson at the Aberdeen 25 with 42 seconds left but ran out of time trying to win in regulation.
Aberdeen struck first on a 64-yard run from new Wildcat quarterback Sammie Burroughs and Braxton Anderson caught a two-point pass. Bolivar answered with an 18-yarder from Johnson to Deandre Cooper in the first and trailed 8-7 at the half.
In the third, McMillian caught a 28-yarder and Channing Ward’s two-point catch gave the Bulldogs a 16-7 lead. Moore, an Ole Miss verbal commit, scored to pull the Eagles within 16-14 after three quarters.
“We didn’t play as well as we’ve been playing (defensively) and we’ll have to go back and watch film and it might be because of them,” Duncan said.
Bolivar took the lead on a reverse pass from Moore to Jovious Wade to Cooper on fourth-and-five to open the fourth for a 22-16 lead following a two-point run from Damarrion Haynes.
“We did some stupid stuff that got us in a bind at times,” Duncan said. “It is what it is. We got beat by a good football team.”