WAYNESFIELD — The heat may have hurt the Fort Recovery Indians at first.
But that didn’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 Indians’ 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 Tigers’ 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 O’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 O’Leary on a big fourth-and-8 for a 31-yard catch to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Gabe Hennon.
W-G’s defense helped the offense with opportunities by forcing two turnovers in the first half.
Fort Recovery’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 team’s five touchdowns with 24 carries and 139 yards on the night.
“We started out great but we missed tackles late in the game as they fought harder,” W-G coach Gary Spencer said. “They didn’t give up because they wanted it more than us.”
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.