BEN HUR — Eastside stormed back from a 10-point deficit to take the lead on Lee High in the third quarter, but the Generals found a way to survive.
Lee High got a 5-yard touchdown run from quarterback Houston Sage in overtime and the Generals' defense stopped the Spartans cold to put the wraps on a 27-20 victory at Five Star Stadium on Friday night.
Sage kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter to send Lee to into the locker room with a 17-7 lead. The Generals outgained Eastside 219-123 in the first half, with 80 of the Spartans’ yards coming on one play — an explosive touchdown run by J.D. Slone.
But Eastside got its offense in gear in the second half. The Spartans eventually grabbed a 20-17 advantage thanks to an 8-yard TD run by Kody Lawson followed by an 81-yard TD pass from Caleb Riner to Lawson with 1:44 remaining in the third.
But Sage came through with a 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to force overtime and the Generals didn’t waste any time slamming the door in the extra period.
Cody Haynes rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries and rumbled for a pair of touchdowns, adding 62 receiving yards. Sage threw for 128 yards and ran for 64 more.
Riner threw for 223 yards, completing 13 of 25 pass attempts. Slone rushed for 127 yards on nine carries and Lawson caught seven passes for 149 yards.
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