The Sun Valley Spartans took control of the Southern Carolina Conference, as Kiersten Peck kicked a 23-yard field goal in overtime and a potential game-tying field goal by Weddington sailed wide left, giving visiting Sun Valley a dramatic 25-22 victory Friday night.
Sun Valley (6-3 overall, 3-0 Southern Carolina Conference) trailed 14-7 in the second after Weddington quarterback Jeff Welch threw two touchdown passes to Evan Altizer, but responded thanks to their defense.
After a mistake fielding a punt inside their own 5, Weddington’s Welch was sacked in the end zone for a safety cutting the lead to 14-9. After a free kick, Sun Valley scored on a Brian Teutonico 3-yard run to lead 15-14 at half.
On their first offensive play of the third quarter, Sun Valley star running back Albert Funderburke went 60 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown to make it 22-14.
But Weddington (7-2, 2-1) responded, driving 63 yards in 11 plays late in the third. Jack Ryan scored on a 2-yard run, and Welch ran in the 2-point conversion to tie it at 22.
Sun Valley drove to the Weddington 11 on the ensuing possession, but a bad handoff led to a fumble and Weddington recovered to stop the threat. Sun Valley later drove to the Weddington 21 with 29 seconds left in regulation, but Logan Stewart, their distance kicker, missed a 38 yarder and the teams went to overtime.
Sun Valley had to settle for a 23-yard field goal and a 25-22 lead on its first possession.
“She’s been clutch every time we’ve needed her,” Hall said. “The kick at the end of the fourth was just out of her range I thought, but she came through when we needed her the most.”
On Weddington’s possession the Warriors lost 3 yards, bringing Keith Duncan on for a 30 yard attempt, but his kick hooked wide left giving Sun Valley the victory.
Funderburke finished with 168 yards on 32 carries for Sun Valley, who host Cuthbertson next week. Weddington travels to Piedmont.
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