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Bulldogs pull off big win 30-27 in overtime

October 22, 2011
By CHUCK BALLARO (Special to Breezenewspapers) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

After being gashed most of the night by the Riverdale running game, Ida Baker's defense figured it out when they needed to the most.

Senior linebacker Joe Galewski made a fourth-down tackle in overtime Friday night to give the Bulldogs a 30-27 victory in their Homecoming game, their second overtime win this season.

Raiders running back Devaiun Diggins, who rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns, took a pitch and was met by Galewski in the backfield.

"I saw the fullback go right and I went for it," Galewski said. "It turned out great."

Ida Baker (5-2, 3-1 district) remains very much alive in the District 6A-11 race despite Riverdale having countless chances to win, including in overtime. An apparent game-winning touchdown by quarterback Anthony Snyder was called back for holding.

The Raiders (3-4, 1-3) got the ball back inside the 10 on a personal foul and moved it to the 1, setting up Galewski's heroics.

"This team's got a lot of heart. Last year was rough and we've come together this year," said Bulldogs junior running back Brian Johnson.

Riverdale ran for 341 yards, including 233 in the first half, but it was the pass that got them even.

Snyder found Tyler Greenwell on a 69-yard pass/catch/fumble recovery to set up Snyder's one-yard plunge with 55 seconds left to tie the game at 27-27.

After Baker shanked a punt to give the ball back on their own 48, Riverdale induced a pass interference and attempted a 50-yard field goal with no time left. Dillon Traurig's kick was short.

In overtime, the Bulldogs were stopped and had to settle for Dylan Miller's third field goal of the game from 25 yards out to give them a 30-27 lead.

Before that, Riverdale had promising drives snuffed out by a Justin Johnson interception, a penalty that wiped out Diggins' touchdown, and a missed extra point that proved especially costly.

The Raiders also committed two penalties that led to Baker's first score, a 13-yard run by Jeremy Betts to make it 7-0.

Diggins tied it with a 57-yard TD run before Baker regained the lead on a six-yard pass from Reece Attwood to Brian Johnson.

Riverdale tied it at 14-14 on Diggins' 28-yard TD run, where it remained at the half. The Raiders took the lead on the opening drive of the second half on a 57-yard scoring run by Synder.

Riverdale's Ryan Pulley intercepted Attwood's pass to give them another opportunity, but Will Cunningham pounced on a fumble to thwart the drive. Miller's field goal to cut the lead to 20-17.

After E.J. Dawkins recovered an onside kick for Baker, Johnson scored his second touchdown on a 15-yard pass play to make it 24-20. Miller's second field goal in the fourth quarter made it 27-20 to set up the wild finish.

Attwood was 9-of-19 through the air for 155 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. Alex Febles had 24 carries for 93 yards for the winners.

Riverdale 7 7 6 7 0 - 27

Ida Baker 14 0 10 3 3 - 30

First Quarter

IB - Betts 13 run (Miller kick)

R - Diggins 57 run (Traurig kick)

IB - Johnson 6 pass from Attwood (Miller kick)

Second Quarter

R - Diggins 28 run (Traurig kick)

Third Quarter

R - Snyder 57 run (kick fail)

IB - FG, Miller 30

IB - Johnson 15 pass (Miller kick)

Fourth Quarter

IB - FG, Miller 27

R - Snyder 1 run (Traurig kick)


R - FG, Miller 25



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