RICHMOND - Richmond-Burton continued to turn around its early season troubles, earning R-B its fourth victory in a row to put them just one win away from an automatic playoff spot. In a highly defensive game, R-B defeated Burlington Central in overtime, 14-13.
When the game between Richmond-Burton and Burlington Central went to overtime, there was one thing on the mind of R-B players: redemption. This was R-B's (5-2, 3-1 BNC East) second OT game, with the first resulting in a one-point loss in Week 3.
Burlington Central struck first in overtime with a touchdown, going up 13-7. That’s when the 6-foot-6 Josh Williams used every inch of his frame to block the away team’s extra point, opening the door for an R-B victory.
R-B took advantage two plays later when Brad Boelkow ran in his second touchdown of the night, tying the game at 13. New kicker Brandon Kilcoyne ended the game with his second successful extra point.
“I’m not going to act like we we’re dying to get into a 10-yard game with them, when they seemed to have control of the line of scrimmage, but in the end our kids did enough to get the victory,” R-B coach Pat Elder said.
R-B seemed to have control for most of the first half, but only managed to take a 7-0 lead into the break. R-B then came out in the second-half, looking a little flat on both offense and defense.
Lucky for them, BC only managed seven points in its successful half, which included a missed 30-yard field goal with just 1:29 left in the game.
“I thought our kids really competed, which was important,” Elder said. “We were struggling defensively at the end, but we caught the break to get into OT and took advantage of it.”
Boelkow led the home team’s rushing attack with 96 yards on 11 carries. The game had a total of 18 yards passing, which happened all on one play.
“It feels good to score the winning one. It’s what everybody dreams of, getting your name called in that situation,” Boelkow said. “It’s 150 percent from there, while expecting nothing but the end zone.”
Richmond-Burton will now look to guarantee a plyoff spot with another home game next week against a tough North Boone team.