(Oakland) Riverside kept the game close all night and found a way to win in the end with a 15-14 overtime triumph over Audubon. The Bulldogs begin the Mitch Rice era at 1-0.
Audubon struck first in a low scoring battle. Senior Chase Petersen rolled out to his right and found the end zone on a four yard quarterback keeper. Petersen's TD scamper with 7:44 left in the 2nd quarter gave the Wheelers a 7-0 halftime edge. A scoreless third quarter saw both teams move the ball only to see drives stall deep in enemy territory. Audubon was forced to punt from their own end zone midway through the 4th quarter and the punt was returned for a touchdown by Michael Bertacini. Bertecini's 42 yard dash to pay-dirt knotted things at 7 all. With under 6:00 to go in the game Audubon took over and started driving. The Wheelers marched all the way down to Riverside's 30 yard line before a sack stopped the drive. Riverside took a couple of deep shots late in regulation but couldn't prevent overtime.
In the extra session, Audubon struck first by handing the ball to Riley Jones on back to back plays for a seven yard run and then a three yard touchdown. Jones' TD made it 14-7 Audubon. Down to their final play of the game, Riverside's Tanner Ford rolled to his right and found Connor Rankin for a three yard touchdown on 4th and goal. On the two point conversion attempt, Ford hit Bertacini on a fade route to give the Bulldogs a 15-14 win.
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