Smith-Cotton had to scratch its way back in the fourth quarter to tie Moberly and force overtime.
The Tigers took the lead 27-20 on the first possession of overtime on an 18-yard run up the middle by Malik Davis and a Blake Grupe point after.
On the next drive, Moberly responded with a gadget play. Quarterback Drake Davidson threw to wideout Josh Watson, who found 6-foot-4 receiver Calvin Davis cutting across the middle. Calvin and Smith-Cotton defensive back Elijah Choate fought for the ball, with Calvin winning and stepping into the end zone.
The Spartans opted to go for two and drew Smith-Cotton offsides, moving the ball to the one-yard line. Watson ran it in for the deciding score in a Smith-Cotton 28-27 overtime loss Friday, Aug. 19.
Smith-Cotton jumped out to a 13-0 lead on a Malik Davis 19-yard touchdown run with 5:37 to go in the first.
With 1:40 left in the first quarter, Brandon Neal punched it in from the two, with Grupe adding the PAT.
S-C was in control of the game, but was hit with a rash of turnovers. The Tigers fumbled the ball four times in the first half.
“They have just got to learn from it, improve and get better,” head coach Ryan Boyer said. “Those are fixable things. The things they’re doing, they’re doing well. We just got to be more consistent and eliminate the negative. We were happy with the effort … They didn’t roll over.”
Spartans responded with a 1-yard run by Chance Richards, then a 26-yard TD reception by Calvin Davis from Drake Davidson. Their PATs failed both times, and S-C led 13-12 at halftime.
Moberly drove 98 yards on the first possession of the second half, capping it with a 31-yard touchdown reception by Matt Fulks and a 2-point conversion by Drake Gross.
The final score by Smith-Cotton to tie it up on a Gauge Young 1-yard run with 10:57 to play in the fourth quarter.
Tied at 20, Smith-Cotton had the ball first and 10 and the 14-yard line. After a delay of game, two consecutive 12 men in the huddle penalties and an illegal procedure penalty, the Tigers faced second and 24 from the one.
Neal ripped off a 22-yard run up the middle, then Malik Davis took the ball to mid field. On the final play, quarterback Jaden Kendrick tucked the ball for a 3-yard gain, sending the game into overtime.