By DOUG EADS
For Jason Foley to get his first win ever as Southwestern’s head football coach, the Warriors were going to have to come up huge in the clutch on two separate occasions.
And, Foley’s club was able to do just that.
With only :19 left in last Friday night’s game at Madison Southern and his club down by eight points at 27-19 to the homestanding Eagles, the Warriors would not be denied.
Quarterback Blake Burton would hit Kenny Robinson for a 15-yard scoring toss, and Chase Doan would add the two-point conversion, knotting the game up at 27-27 to send the game into overtime.
But, that would not be the last of the heroics by the Warriors on this night.
Trailing Madison Southern in overtime 34-27, the Warriors needed to come through in the clutch again. And, that’s exactly what Southwestern was able to do.
Austin Barnes would score on a five-yard run in the extra session to trim the deficit to 34-33.
Another two-point conversion run — this time by Barnes — and the Warriors would come out of Berea with their first win of the season, outlasting Madison Southern in a thriller, winning 35-34 in overtime.
Connor Crisp had two TD’s rushing in the win for Southwestern, while Barnes led the Warriors on the ground with 96 yards on 12 attempts.
Doan meanwhile added 91 yards rushing on 19 attempts, and he added a touchdown, with a seven-yard score in the first half.
Robinson meanwhile paced Southwestern with 45 yards receiving on his three catches, while quarterback Blake Burton connected on 13-23 attempts for 161 yards, and a TD.
Southwestern entering the game at 0-1 after a season-opening loss to Belfry, trailed for most of the second half.
Madison Southern led the Warriors at 21-7 and again at 27-13, but Foley’s club — facing adversity on the road — refused to fold, and fought back to get a much-needed victory.
Southwestern — 1-1 on the season — will travel to Barbourville this Friday night to face the 0-2 Knox Central Panthers.