By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
MARIETTA – New Site running back Quentin Grzesiak rushed for five touchdowns. Quarterback Koie Jackson ran in three and threw for two, maybe three. Or maybe he threw for three and ran for two.
That’s how confusing it got for the Royals during a seven-overtime, 82-80 loss on Friday night at Immanuel Christian.
“It’s very nerve-wracking, but our guys fought hard until the very end,” New Site coach Ronnie Jackson said. “We didn’t have anybody lay down. They just fought hard the whole game.”
No one is sure how the length or point totals measure up in the state or national record books.
Some still aren’t even sure if it was seven overtimes, or eight. For sure, it ended a few minutes before 11:30 p.m.
“The crowd was getting into it a lot and they were cheering. That’s what kept us going,” Grzesiak said. “We grinded it out, just didn’t come out on top.”
New Site, still an upstart program, had never even been in an overtime game. The Royals, a Wheeler-New Site combo until this year, are in their final season as an independent and are expected to be named to a MHSAA classification for next season.
‘we were just dead’
“Right there at the end, coach was like, ‘This is for the game. Give it all you’ve got.’ I told him I gave it all I had four overtimes ago,” Koie Jackson said, then smiled. “We were just dead after the game.”
The game ended with controversy with New Site’s potential game-tying 2-point conversion play being ruled out of bounds. New Site also had a touchdown called back earlier.
The Royals (0-3) spent the bulk of Monday’s practice working on tackling. Grzesiak and Koie Jackson both say progress is being made, though. They play again on Sept. 21, hosting Middleton, Tenn.
“I felt awful. I didn’t sleep that night because I just kept thinking that we should have won three or four different times,” Koie Jackson said.