Keith MacPherson, Sports Editor
Gainesville Daily Register
PONDER — The Callisburg defense held true on a Ponder two-point conversion attempt in double overtime to give the Wildcats a 43-41 win.
The Wildcats (6-1, 2-1) forced the Eagles into trying for the two points after Clay McKenzie ran in a two-point conversion to go up by eight points in double overtime.
Ponder kept the explosive McKenzie at bay for most the night, limiting him to 117 yards and a touchdown. But it was his final two-point conversion run that would be his biggest play on the night.
Dakota Tinney had 122 yards and three touchdowns on the night for Callisburg. Tinney ran it in for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Wildcats the lead in double overtime.
Wildcat quarterback Rheyce Childress was on top of his game with 143 yards on 7 of 10 passing for two touchdowns. He added 62 yards on the ground.
Childress found Riley Nelson on a 14-yard touchdown pass in the first overtime for the Wildcats.
It was the second consecutive week for the Wildcats to have a wild finish. Last week Callisburg held off a late Boyd rally to win 48-46.
Ponder did its damage through the air as quarterback Reid Sanders connected on 30 of 48 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns.
Callisburg will host Paradise at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Callisburg 43, Ponder 41, OT
Callisburg 14 6 7 0 8 8 – 43
Ponder 14 7 0 6 8 6 – 41
Rushing – Callisburg, Clay McKenzie 22-117; Dakota Tinney 17-122; Rheyce Childress 11-62.
Passing – Callisburg, Rheyce Childress 7-10-0-143; Clay McKenzie 1-7-0-11
Receiving – Callisburg, Clay McKenzie 2-60; Dakota Tinney 2-44; Kyle Rochell 2-19; Dusty Taylor 1-17; Riley Nelson 1-14.