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Woodlake pounds away for OT win at Farmersville

The more the game between Woodlake and Farmersville seemed locked up, the more unusual the plays would become.

Woodlake put enough obstacles in its way with penalties and turnovers, but In the end the Tigers made just enough plays to come out with a 20-12 win in overtime on Friday in Farmersville.

“It feels great,” summed up Armando Martinez, Woodlake senior WR/DB. “We won in overtime, but we came out with the ‘W.’”

Woodlake’s Joseph Ferreira gave the Tigers a 12-6 lead in the fourth quarter with his touchdown run. Then that’s when business really started to pick up.

Farmersville put a drive together to put itself in the red zone. However on a fourth and goal, quarterback Jessie Gutierrez could not connect with his intended target Joseph Delacruz in the back of the end zone, giving Woodlake the ball back with 2:55 remaining.

Just as despair appeared eminent for the Aztecs, the Tigers fumbled on the ensuing possession, giving the Aztecs one last chance.

Farmersville would make the most of it, as Gutierrez connected with senior Cody Hall on a spectacular catch in the end zone.

“Just hold onto the ball,” Hall said was the only thing going through his mind. “I jumped up and grabbed it and I knew all I had to do was hold on.”

However the Tigers blocked the kick on the PAT, when caromed right to Hall, who made a couple nice shifts and jukes before running it into the end zone. The Aztecs put the 14-12 lead on the scoreboard, but the referees had a conference and ruled the play was dead when the kick was blocked.

In the overtime period Woodlake used the ground game to punch in the go-ahead score and two-point conversion.

The loss didn’t come as a result of lack of effort from Farmersville’s Cody Hall. The senior wide receiver made a pair spectacular grabs.

First the leap catch in traffic for the game-tying touchdown to force overtime.

Then in the overtime period, while closely covered, he jumped up for the ball, made a one-handed grab and landed on a cement area intended for the track facilities. Unfortunately for the Aztec faithful, he was out of bounds and the pass was ruled incomplete.

“It didn’t hurt at all, I was just excited,” Hall said. “But then I looked and saw where I was. And I wasn’t in the end zone.”

Farmersville drops to 0-2 on the season and is still looking for its identity since losing starting quarterback Sam Metcalf to injury.

The Tigers on the other hand are 2-1 on the season heading into a home game against Parlier next week.

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