Polk County Middle needed just one more stop Thursday.
The Wolverine defense spent much of the second half and two overtimes delivering key plays with Apple Valley threatening to score. But the Knights finally got the break they needed, notching a 2-point conversion in the second overtime to pull out a 26-24 victory at Polk Middle.
Up 6-0 early thanks to a Bryce Jergenson touchdown, Polk County (0-4) grabbed a 12-0 lead late in the first half as Chan Barber teamed with Dakota Twitty on a touchdown pass. But Apple Valley (2-2) returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, scoring with four seconds left in the half to make it 12-6 at the break.
The Knights then got a break early in the third period, recovering a Polk fumble at the Wolverine 8. But Polk County’s defense held, eventually stopping Apple Valley at the 3.
An Apple Valley stop and ensuing punt return gave the Knights their next possession starting at the Wolverine 15. Once again, the Polk Middle defense held, finally recovering a fumbled snap on fourth-and-7 from the 12.
But the third time would not be the charm. Taking over at the Polk 25, Apple Valley scored with 3:10 left in the game, though the Wolverines stopped the Knights’ 2-point conversion attempt to keep the game tied. After Polk Middle punted in the final minute, Barber then intercepted a Hail Mary pass on the final play of regulation to force overtime.
Apple Valley tallied first in overtime, but failed to make its 2-point attempt. The Wolverines answered with a Twitty 3-yard scoring run, but Apple Valley stopped Twitty on the 2-point conversion attempt to keep the game tied at 18-18 and set up a second overtime.
Polk Middle had the ball first and tallied on its lone play, Twitty racing around right end to score from the 10. But Apple Valley stopped Barber on the 2-point conversion attempt, then put together a touchdown and the 2-point conversion to end the game.
Polk County Middle will host Flat Rock Middle next Thursday at 5 p.m.