HOLSTEIN - Buffalo Ridge quarterback Kellen Jacobson hooked up on a six-yard touchdown pass to Josh Alesch in the second overtime, and freshman Bison kicker Seth Johnson kicked the PAT to lead Buffalo Ridge to an exciting 26-25 season-opening win over neighboring River Valley in non-district football action here on Aug. 22.
The teams were tied at 13-13 at the end of regulation and both scored TDs in the first overtime on their first possessions, but could not get the PAT, setting up the second round of possessions that led to the Bison's winning TD and PAT.
River Valley then scored with 15 seconds left in the first half on a one-yard TD run by Tyler McCrea to make it 13-6 at halftime after the PAT failed.
The Wolverines of first-year coach Brian Winkler, a former G-H assistant, then knotted the game in the third period on a six-yard TD run by Austin Hansen. The PAT missed.
Then came the Jacobson to Alesch pass and winning PAT kick by Johnson.
The winners rushed 32 times for 94 yards, with Miller leading the way with 58 yards on 15 carries. Jacobson was 2-6 passing for 16 yards, and Kyle Dahm 2-5 for 26 yards.
Mark Cronin led the Bison tacklers with nine, followed by Chris Bondinello and Jesse Yender with five apiece.
Billy Pansegran led the RV tacklers with 13 and two fumble recoveries, while McCrea registered eight tackles and one interception, and Lundt one interception.
"We played in front of a packed house and were happy to have fan support from the surrounding communities," said Bison co-coach Butch Faulkenberry, the former G-H coach.
"Our defense came up big, often playing on a short field and not giving up too many points. River Valley certainly played an outstanding football game and we felt our kids hung tough and kept working hard."