East Central beats NSU in OT thriller

ADA – A blocked field goal attempt by Charlie Burks led to a recovery by Dionte’ Dean and a lateral to Ryan Madison, who sprinted 52 yards for a touchdown in overtime as East Central won a wild 55-49 Lone Star Conference North clash over Northeastern State Saturday at Norris Field.

NSU, which tied the game on the last play of regulation on a 9-yard pass from Kaelin Woods to Jarrett Byers (followed by Jared Homer’s PAT kick), had the first possession in OT.

The RiverHawks, 0-5 and 0-1, were stopped and were forced to try a 37-yard attempt which led to the block and the end of the contest.

ECU junior quarterback Marcus Johnson set a school record for passing with 426 yards as he was 28-of-46 with two scores and an interception.

Tiger tailback Joshua Maldanado gained 111 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns on short runs of 4, 10 and 1 yards.

Woods had a nifty game for NSU, converting 22-of-37 passes for 425 yards, also a school record, and passing for five touchdowns, which tied a school mark.

Three RiverHawk receivers went over 100 yards as Trey McVay had eight catches for 109 yards. Byers followed with seven for 144 and two scores and Damein Henderson had three for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

For ECU, Justin Goolsby hauled in five aerials for 126 yards and a pair of scores of 68 and 38 yards.

The two teams combined for 1,076 yards with ECU getting 539 and NSU compiling 537.

The Tigers improved to 1-4 and moved to 1-0 in the LSC North.