VINA — It took a 14-point comeback and two overtimes, but Waterloo got its second win of the season on Thursday, defeating Vina 28-22.
Bradley Darby’s 7-yard touchdown run in the second overtime gave Waterloo the victory.
Vina took a 14-0 lead into halftime on a 1-yard first-quarter touchdown run by Tyler Renfrow and 44-yard second-quarter touchdown scamper by Andrew Hester, but the Waterloo defense held the Red Devils scoreless in the second half while the Cougar offense chipped away at the lead.
Wayne Darby pulled Waterloo within eight points with a 17-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, and Bobby Fox tied the score with a 3-yard run followed by a 2-point conversion run with 4:30 remaining.
Both teams scored a touchdown and made a 2-point conversion in the first overtime. Fox scored for Waterloo on a 2-yard run and then ran in the 2-point conversion before Renfrow scored on a 1-yard run for Vina. Hester ran in the 2-point conversion to send the game to a second overtime.
Vina got the ball first in the second overtime but couldn’t score, and Darby ended the game with the 7-yard touchdown run.
Fox led Waterloo (2-7, 1-6) with 101 yards rushing and two touchdowns while brothers Bradley and Wayne Darby combined for 131 rushing yards.
Vina (0-9, 0-7) was led by Hester with 93 yards rushing and a touchdown.
THARPTOWN — Hackleburg completed Class 1A, Region 8 play unbeaten as the Panthers rolled past Tharptown.
The Panthers (8-1, 7-0 region) outscored Tharptown (2-7, 2-5) 29-0 in the second quarter to take control.
Kristian Jones led the running attack with 130 yards on 11 carries.
Dylan Gallaway found Corey Yocum for a 15-yard scoring play that put the Panthers up 7-0.
Jones broke free for a 23-yard scoring run to make it 13-0 midway through the first quarter.
Tharptown cut the margin to 13-6 late in the quarter when Mike Rice scored on an 8-yard run. Hackleburg, however, took over from there.
A 6-yard scoring run by Jones and a 1-yard drive by Seth Moore increased the Hackleburg lead to 28-6. Gallaway added a 14-yard scoring run and Moore busted loose on the final play of the half for a 40-yard touchdown run that sent Hackleburg into halftime with a commanding 42-6 lead.
Connor Stults added a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to push the margin to 49-6.
Rice added touchdown runs of 12 and 4 yards in the fourth quarter for Tharptown.
R.A Hubbard 32,
Decatur Heritage 14
TRINITY — Rumbling down the sideline, big Blake Lipscomb pushed a Decatur Heritage defender to the ground, clearing his way to the end zone.
Lipscomb powered his way to an important fourth-quarter touchdown, and then added another a few plays later on a 32-yard interception return, sending R.A. Hubbard (6-3, 5-2 region) past Decatur Heritage.
The win gives Hubbard its 30th playoff berth in the past 31 years.
Lipscomb and John Owens combined for 220 yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs.
R.A. Hubbard needed every yard, too. Four turnovers and some big plays in Decatur Heritage’s passing game had the Eagles (4-5) eying an upset as the game was tied at 14 at halftime.
Behind the legs of Owens, Lipscomb and Darrian Almon, R.A. Hubbard scored 18 unanswered points to pull away.
Lipscomb finished with 81 yards on nine carries, with 40 of those coming in the fourth quarter. His 14-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter gave Hubbard a 26-14 lead.
Owens led Hubbard with 139 yards and a score on 19 carries, while Almon had two touchdowns on 68 yards.