The Miller-McCoy Lions finally got their first victory of the season when Melvin Johnson hit Travis Dailet on a 25-yard touchdown pass in double overtime to defeat Bogalusa 33-32 on Saturday night.
Miller-McCoy clung to a 20-14 lead with four seconds left, but Bogalusa quarterback Reginald Roberts scrambled for a 23-yard touchdown to tie it. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed them out of range for an extra point, and the game went into overtime tied at 20.
The Lions were able to prevail in the second overtime on Johnson’s pass to Daliet and a successful extra point.
Both teams are now at 1-5.
Both teams struggled in the first quarter. Neither team established anything offensively until Bogalusa got a drive going at the end of the quarter. Early in the second quarter, Roberts found Caleb Greely for an 18-yard touchdown pass to put the Lumberjacks ahead 6-0 after a missed extra point.
On the ensuing drive, Dominique Tillman picked off Dajaun Peters and returned it into Miller-McCoy territory to put Bogalusa in good field position. It was Tillman second interception.
The Lumberjacks opted to go for it on fourth down from the Miller-McCoy 9. Roberts kept the ball on a quarterback draw up the middle and forced his way into the end zone.
He ran the same play on the two-point attempt to put Bogalusa up 14-0.
The Lions responded quickly and in an unconventional manner. Receiver Travis Daliet connected with Tyrin Ralph for a 23-yard gain inside the Lumberjacks’ 20-yard line. The regular quarterback, Melvin Johnson, then hit Ralph for a 17-yard touchdown and Miller-McCoy cut the deficit to 14-8 at halftime after a successful two-point conversion.
The Lions threatened again in the third when Johnson connected with Daliet for a 57-yard gain to the Bogalusa 21. A strange sequence of events followed where neither team could get out of their own way. Sean Forbes picked off Johnson’s next attempt. But the Lions held, and Bogalusa turned it back over after a bad snap on the punt attempt. The Lumberjacks answered by stopping Johnson on fourth-and-goal from the 2. Miller-McCoy recovered a fumble two plays later to set up shop at the 2 again. A bad snap pushed the Lions back to the 10. A touchdown pass to Daliet was wiped out by offsetting penalties, and the Lions turned it over on downs again. Bogalusa turned it right back over to give Miller-McCoy the ball at the 30, but held them on fourth down again.
Finally the Lions caught a break when Gerald Edwards ran back a punt 60 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 14 midway through the fourth. They missed the extra point.
Johnson found Aaron Young for an 11-yard touchdown pass to give the Lions the lead 20-14.
Bogalusa next plays Amite on Friday. Miller-McCoy next faces KIPP Renaissance School on Thursday.