Biddeford quarterback Carter Edgerton gets a block from teammates Colby Pope during Friday night's win over Skowhegan. TAMMY BELANGER PHOTOGRAPHY

Biddeford quarterback Carter Edgerton gets a block from teammates Colby Pope during Friday night’s win over Skowhegan. TAMMY BELANGER PHOTOGRAPHY

BIDDEFORD — In a game dominated by offense, the difference between victory and defeat all came down to a lone defensive play for the Biddeford Tigers in overtime at Waterhouse Field on Friday night.

Pressed into duty as a middle linebacker because of injuries to multiple players, Biddeford senior Colin Petit sacked Skowhegan qiuarterback Marcus Christopher on the final play of a wild free-wheeling high school football game and the Tigers escaped with a 56-54 win over the Indians.

Skowhegan had forced overtime by driving 66 yards capped off by a 20-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Barnes from Christopher and a two-point conversion pass snared by wideout Jon Bell to tie the game at 48-48 and send it into overtime.

Biddeford won the coin toss and scored first in overtime as Curtis Petit dashed into the end zone from 1 yard out on third down. The Tigers lined up for a PAT kick which was blocked, but a costly offsides penalty by Skowhegan gave Biddeford another shot and this time Kurtis Edgerton ran in the two-point conversion and lifted his team to a 56-48 lead.

The Indians scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Barnes from Christopher and lined up to take a shot at another two-point conversion to force a second overtime when Colin Petit broke through into the backfield and tackled Christopher, ending the marathon contest.

Biddeford Coach Brian Curit said his team is grateful to have emerged with a victory after such a hard-fought game.

“We just scored more points than they did,” Curit said. “We made so many mental mistakes we were fortunate to have won.”

He said he intends for the Tigers to dig in and work strenuously on tackling when it returns to the practice field Monday.

“The difference tonight did come down to Colin Petit making that play,” Curit said.

The Tigers never trailed in the game and twice led by at least 10 points as its running game wore down the Indians. Biddeford led at the half, 28-24.

The loss in overtime offset a brilliant aerial performance by Skowhegan, which saw Christopher throw for more than 500 passing yards and seven touchdown passes. Bell also amassed more than 200 yards returning kicks against the Tigers. 

Biddeford’s ground game was equally as punishing as Carter Edgerton and Cameron Lantagne each rushed for more than 100 yards against a pourous Skowhegan defense.

The Tigers are now 4-2 on the season while Skowhegan falls to 3-3 overall.

Biddeford will travel to face Noble next week and then wraps up the regular season with a rivalry game again Kennebunk.

— Executive Editor Ed Pierce can be reached at 282-1535 ext. 326 or by email at [email protected]    


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