The St. Andrews – Sewanee Mountain Lion football team won their second consecutive football game last Friday night, with an overtime thriller 20 – 19 over the Tennessee Heat in Mount Juliet. The win gave the Mountain Lions a 2 – 5 record on the season. SAS has been playing great football in the last four games and they close out their regular season tomorrow night (Friday) in Bell Buckle against their arch rival the Webb Feet. The Feet are undefeated and the game will start at 7 p.m.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Mountain Lion defense put the first points on the board when big defensive lineman Jalen Tillman picked up a Heat fumble and rumbled 60 yards to pay dirt and a touchdown. The two point conversion failed and SAS led 6 – 0 with 4:20 left before intermission.
The Heat knotted the score with :51 left in the first half on a 31-yard scoring strike. The PAT kick failed and the teams went to the locker room tied at 6 – 6.
The Mountain Lion offense struck quickly in the third quarter as senior Ben Matthews scored from nine yards out with 10:06 left in the quarter. The PAT kick failed and the Mountain Lions led 12 – 6.
The Heat tied the game in the final quarter with 2:19 to go with a 30-yard touchdown pass. Once again, the PAT kick failed. The two teams played 48 minutes and went to overtime tied 12 – 12.
The Heat went on offense first and scored on a four-yard run. For the first time on the evening, a PAT conversion was good as the Heat kicked the extra point and led 13 – 6.
The Mountain Lions scored on a nine-yard pass from freshman QB Deandre Tate to senior TE Larson Heitzenrater to pull within one point. For the second time in the last three games, SAS opted to go for two points and the win. This time, Tate kept the ball and raced into the end zone for the two point conversion and the thrilling victory 20 – 19.
On the evening, the Mountain Lions offense was held in check as they ran 42 times for 148 yards. Tate led the Mountain Lions on the ground with 53 yards on 17 carries. Senior Jarett Willis carried seven times for 23 yards. Matthews added 19 yards on nine carries. The Mountain Lions only pass completion was the nine-yarder from Tate to Heitzenrater.
Defensively, the Mountain Lions were as stingy as the Heat defense as they held the Heat to 100 yards on 25 carries. The Heat was 7 of 23 through the air for 115 yards. The Mountain Lions recovered three fumbles with Tillman recovering two of those and Willis got the other fumble. Junior Cailan McLean led the Mountain Lions with 11 tackles. Tillman added eight tackles, while Willis added six stops. Junior Thomas Stapleton and Tate added five tackles each. Tate forced two fumbles while Tillman forced the other fumble.
The inspired Mountain Lion football team is playing its best ball at the right time and you never know what can happen in a rivalry.