South Medford 56, Grants Pass 55: Jude Pannell’s point-after kick was the difference in the third overtime as the Panthers (3-1) defeated the host Cavemen (2-2).
Each team scored a touchdown and was successful on the point-after kick in the first two overtimes.
The Cavemen, getting the ball to start the first and third overtime periods, scored on a short run by David Ruiz and a 15-yard pass from Hunter Gonzales to Jett Hood.
The Panthers’ first two overtime touchdowns came from Carson Cota (a 23-yard pass from Deacon Edgar) and on an 11-yard run by Colton Samis.
In the third extra session — with the offenses starting at the 10 instead of the 25 — Jayden Brown scored from the 2 to put the Cavemen up 55-49, but the point-after kick hit the left upright. Garrett Henderson’s short scoring run for South Medford set up Pannell for the winning kick.
Dante Haven (eight catches, 204 yards) caught three touchdown passes from Gonzales, including the tying score with 1:38 left in the fourth quarter.
Grants Pass’ two losses have been by a combined eight points.