WAYNESFIELD â€” The heat may have hurt the Fort Recovery Indians at first.
But that didnâ€™t stop them from making a second-half comeback for a 34-30 win over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers on Friday night in Waynesfield.
The Indiansâ€™ senior work horse, Jason Potkotter, scored the winning touchdown with only 19 seconds left in the game.
W-G started hot and took a 16-6 lead in the first quarter. The Tigersâ€™ junior quarterback Garret Miller threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and a third in the second quarter to lead W-G at a 30-12 advantage by halftime.
Miller finished 10-of-17 with 206 yards in the air and three touchdowns.
The Tigers made big plays on third and fourth down conversion attempts to keep drives alive. W-G was three-of-four on two-point conversions in the first half.
Miller connected with Eli Oâ€™leary for a 64-yard bomb on a crucial third-and-15 to set up a 20-yard catch for a Tiger touchdown by Lee Turner with 2:56 left in the first.
Miller connected with Evan Humes for a 24-yard touchdown reception for his second score of the night and once again with Oâ€™Leary on a big fourth-and-8 for a 31-yard catch to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Gabe Hennon.
W-Gâ€™s defense helped the offense with opportunities by forcing two turnovers in the first half.
Fort Recoveryâ€™s defense settled down in the second half.
Senior Kenny Wenning helped the Indians get back in the game with a 43-yard run that led to a touchdown. Wenning had three of the teamâ€™s five touchdowns with 24 carries and 139 yards on the night.
â€śWe started out great but we missed tackles late in the game as they fought harder,â€ť W-G coach Gary Spencer said. â€śThey didnâ€™t give up because they wanted it more than us.â€ť
Fort Recovery began the deciding drive with 8:31 to play. The Indians converted a critical third-and-16 on a 17-yard reception by Derek Gaerke.
W-G is now 0-2 on the season.