Kevin Murphy kicked a 25-yard field goal in the first overtime, then Brian Campos made an interception as Madison rallied to a 17-14 AAA Great Falls District victory last night at South Lakes.
Madison (3-4 overall, 2-1 in the district) forced the extra session with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Chris Hardy, who played brilliantly on both offense and defense, hit Brian Holtorf on a crossing pattern at the South Lakes 15. Holtorf made two excellent moves to elude defenders and score with 2:09 left in regulation. Hardy handled a low snap and Murphy kicked the crucial extra point.
South Lakes won the coin toss and deferred to Madison, which took the ball to begin the overtime. An illegal procedure penalty and two Hardy incompletions left the Warhawks with a third and 15. But Hardy (21 carries for 95 yards) ran an option play for eight yards to move Murphy closer. Hardy again fielded the wet ball and Murphy's kick was good.
The Seahawks (3-3, 2-1) began their possession by passing. Quarterback Sabe Anderson's first attempt was incomplete. Tight end John Pryor was momentarily open in the end zone and Anderson threw. But Hardy made up ground and deflected the pass to preserve the lead.
South Lakes attempted almost the same play on third down, but Campos dove in front of Pryor and made the interception to set off a wild celebration on the Madison sideline.
Madison controlled both the clock and the ball in the second half. The Warhawks had the better of field position but couldn't score on the South Lakes defense until the final two minutes.
The Warhawks had 181 total yards in the second half compared with 31 for South Lakes. Hardy had 75 yards rushing after halftime and completed 10 of 20 passes for 146 yards. But his biggest play may have come on one of his worst.
He rolled right and threw a screen back to the left. But Michael Winston read the play perfectly and was there to make the interception. He was ahead of the field and appeared headed for a game-clinching touchdown, but the ball came loose and Hardy, trailing the play, was there for the recovery.
Two Patrick Jackson touchdowns put the Seahawks ahead after Hardy's four-yard run gave the Warhawks a 7-0 lead.