November 10, 2012

DC Football Ends Season with Double Overtime Defeat

More news about: Defiance

BLUFFTON, Ohio – Defiance used a 32-yard field goal with two seconds left in regulation to match Bluffton at 17-17 and capped a 17-0 spurt by striking for a touchdown in the first overtime session for a 24-17 lead, before ultimately suffering a 27-24 loss in the second overtime period.

Turnovers were the story in the 88th all-time meeting between DC and the Beavers on the gridiron, as the teams combined for 10 giveaways on the afternoon. Defiance coughed it up six times, losing three fumbles and hurling a trio of interceptions.

The first miscue of the afternoon came on the third play from scrimmage for Defiance, as a fumble was recovered by Bluffton on the DC 26-yard marker. The home squad capitalized with a 40-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead just over two minutes into the contest.

The Purple and Gold answered with an extended drive on the next touch, marching 80 yards on 14 plays and taking a 7-3 lead on a six-yard touchdown reception from Garrett Teague to Brian Mircovich.

The Defiance lead would hold until the final moments of the opening half, as an errant DC pass was intercepted by Bluffton and returned seven yards to the Yellow Jacket 48-yard line. Bluffton cashed in the free chance on its next play, striking for a 48-yard touchdown through the air to take a 10-7 lead into the break.

Two more turnovers to start the third would put Defiance in a deeper hole, as Bluffton turned away the Jackets by intercepting a pass in the end zone on DC's first possession to keep a 10-7 lead. A fumbled punt return on Defiance's next chance then handed the ball to the Beavers on DC's 16-yard marker, where BU reached the end zone on the next play for a 17-7 cushion.

A trio of turnovers in four snaps opened the fourth quarter, as an interception from Matt Forry and a fumble recovery from Leroy Cheatham sandwiched a Defiance fumble. The Bluffton fumble was forced by D.J. Brigham on a sack and returned 50 yards for a touchdown by Cheatham to narrow the gap to 17-14 with 13:48 showing on the clock.

The Jackets would get one final shot when they took over on downs on their own 29-yard line with 1:11 left to play. Consecutive completions from Teague to Jon Carrabino and Andre Doran moved the ball to the DC 42, before Mircovich hauled in a 43-yard reception on the Bluffton 15-yard marker.

Defiance would miss on a final shot into the end zone, before turning to Spencer Saunders with six seconds left in the game. Saunders split the uprights from 32 yards out with two ticks left on the clock to draw the Jackets even at 17-17 and force DC's first overtime contest since opening the 2010 campaign with a double overtime loss at Muskingum.

The two sides traded touchdowns in the first overtime, with Defiance striking first on a 14-yard touchdown catch by Carrabino and Bluffton answering four plays later to force a second overtime.

Defiance then held the Beavers to a field goal to set the stage for a chance to win with a touchdown on its possession. DC opened the drive with a five-yard rush, before losing a pair on second down. Facing a third and seven, the Jackets were bitten by a turnover one final time, as Bluffton intercepted the final pass of the afternoon on the two-yard line to hold off DC in the 27-24 contest.

Matt Forry led the Defiance defense in the losing effort, posting a career-high 13 tackles, 1.5 hits for lost yardage, one forced fumble and one interception. Andrew Leverenz capped his spectacular season with nine stops to go with two sacks and three hits for lost yardage.

Forry ended his season and career with a team-leading 65 tackles on the year, while Leverenz finished with a team-leading 21 tackles for lost yardage and 10.5 sacks.

On the offensive side of the ball, Mircovich and Carrabino each caught one touchdown pass, with Mircovich hauling in six passes for 81 yards and Carrabino catching five balls for 76 yards.

Defiance ends the year with a 2-8 overall clip and a 2-6 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The game capped the careers of DC's 14 seniors.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Coast Guard
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
7:00 PM
Ursinus at Millersville
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
Belhaven at Millsaps
Video
8:00 PM
Bethel at UW-Stout
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Morrisville State
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
MIT at WPI
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westfield State at Nichols
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Becker at Fitchburg State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Mount Ida at Mass-Dartmouth
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Curry at Bridgewater State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Wilkes at Muhlenberg
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Averett at Washington and Lee
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
Luther at UW-La Crosse
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Hobart at Dickinson
12:00 PM
Norwich at RPI
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Heidelberg at Cortland State
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
12:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Thomas More
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Alfred at Husson
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Endicott
Live Stats
12:00 PM
TCNJ at Christopher Newport
12:00 PM
Worcester State at Salve Regina
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Grove City at Juniata
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Southwestern Assemblies
Video
1:00 PM
Montclair State at Delaware Valley
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Lycoming at Susquehanna
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
William Paterson at Alfred State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Alma at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Emory and Henry
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Earlham at Olivet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wabash at Hampden-Sydney
Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Wooster
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Ithaca at Union
1:00 PM
Brockport State at Oberlin
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
John Carroll at St. Vincent
Audio
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Randolph-Macon
1:00 PM
Castleton at Plymouth State
1:00 PM
Methodist at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at Muskingum
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Rhodes
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Chicago
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Centre at Hanover
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Buffalo State at Otterbein
1:30 PM
Wittenberg at Capital
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Franklin
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Bethany at Mount Union
Live Stats Tickets
1:30 PM
Bluffton at Wilmington
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at UW-Platteville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
North Park at Concordia (Wis.)
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Kenyon at Sewanee
2:00 PM
Rockford at Lawrence
Video
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Lake Forest
Audio
2:00 PM
Carthage at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Coe
2:00 PM
Jamestown at Concordia-Moorhead
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Hamline
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at St. Olaf
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Dubuque at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Illinois College at Aurora
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Simpson
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Austin
Video
2:00 PM
Southwestern at Hardin-Simmons
2:00 PM
Knox at Eureka
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Ripon
2:00 PM
Louisiana College at Huntingdon
Video
2:00 PM
Loras at Elmhurst
Live Stats
3:00 PM
Pacific at College of Idaho
3:30 PM
Beloit at Concordia-Chicago
Live Stats Video
3:30 PM
George Fox at La Verne
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Live Stats
4:30 PM
Misericordia at Utica
Live Stats Video Audio
5:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Hartwick
5:00 PM
Defiance at Adrian
Live Stats Video
6:00 PM
Moravian at King's
6:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
Live Stats
6:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at Albion
7:00 PM
Guilford at Greensboro
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Allegheny at Thiel
7:00 PM
Gallaudet at Shenandoah
Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Rose-Hulman
Live Stats Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Hiram
7:00 PM
Marietta at Denison
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Anderson at Taylor (Ind.)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Frostburg State at Geneva
7:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at Robert Morris University (Ill.)
7:00 PM
Greenville at Millikin
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Howard Payne
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Sul Ross State
Audio
7:00 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Augustana
7:00 PM
Benedictine at Central
Live Stats Video
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video
7:30 PM
Catholic at McDaniel
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
McMurry at East Texas Baptist
8:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Wartburg
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Crown
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell
Maintenance in progress.