by Robin Haney
Facing the Centerpoint Knights in the first round of playoffs, the Melbourne Bearkatz delivered a 43 to 42 victory in overtime.
Bearkatz Stadium was chock-full of fans to watch the historic first appearance of the Melbourne Varsity Football program in Class 3A Playoffs. Centerpoint, 6-3-1, advanced to the playoffs from the 3A-5 conference. With a four game winning streak and 8-2 record entering the game, the Katz jumped to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but turnovers yielded the lead to the Knights at the end of the first half (14-22).
The Bearkatz continued to scratch and claw through the third quarter and trailed by 1 at the start of the fourth (28-29). Entering the final three minutes to play, the Katz took the lead (36-29), but with 41 seconds remaining, the Knights tied the score up (36-36).
Overtime brought Bearkatz the possession, a 4 yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kylar McLaughlin to senior receiver Nick Miller and extra point kick from junior Bryce Hutchins (43-36).
Centerpoint’s possession escalated the tension of the game with a touchdown, moving the scoreboard to 43-42. The Knights lined up to go for the two point conversion attempt and the win; sophomore Kyle LeBouef broke up the pass in the endzone to secure the win.
Additional story and photos in the November 20 edition of Pacesetting Times.

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