Boro beats Burg on Two-Point Conversion

SPRINGBORO:  Springboro defeats Miamisburg, 39-38, with seconds left at CareFlight Field.

The Panthers scored a touchdown with just over two seconds left and Springboro head coach Ryan Wilhite decides to go for the two-point conversion and the lead as oppose to kicking the extra point. The decision pays off as senior quarterback Brody Mahle finds senior wide receiver Nick Kovac in the endzone. This was the second time they connected as Kovac also caught the touchdown to setup the two-point attempt.

“This was extra special in a rivalry game against Miamisburg,” said the Toledo commit Kovac. “We practice the two-minute drill all week, and Brady found me and the rest is history”

Kovac finished the game with 156 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

The game-winning drive started on their own 20-yard line with just over two minutes left in the game after Miamisburg (5-2) scored a touchdown to take a 38-31 lead.

Springboro WR Nick Kovacs (photo by Mike Noyes

Springboro WR Nick Kovacs (photo by Mike Noyes

This was only the second time the Panthers were ahead in this game. The first came when they scored on their opening drive to start the second half and extend the lead 28-21. That scoring play was a 41-yard touchdown pass from Mahle to senior wide receiver Tyler Tischler.

Mahle helped the Panthers open division play with a win after finishing the game 27-for-30 with 325 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 121 yards on 24 carries.

The Springboro (5-2) offense was able to record 519 yards of offense.

With the game tied at 31-31, the Vikings marched 80 yards down the field. It took nine plays and a fourth down conversion from the two-yard line for the Vikings to take the 38-31 lead. Miamisburg head coach Steve Channell drew up the quarterback sneak as oppose to kicking the field goal and it worked to perfection as sophomore Tate Vongsy walked into the endzone.

The Miamisburg offensive line led by seniors Josh Myers (Ohio State commit) and Cody Lamb (Cincinnati commit) helped the running backs combine for 366 yards.

In only his second game with Miamisburg after transferring from Valley View, Jake Neatherton rushed for 226 yards, including 128 yards in the first half. He also had an interception in the second quarter.

Miamisburg junior running back Tony Clark rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown.

At the beginning it looked like Springboro was no match for Miamisburg as the Vikings scored on their first three possessions of the game. Springboro made adjustments after its first possession, and was able to get back into the game on a Tischler touchdown reception in the first quarter, a Kovac touchdown in the second quarter, and then a 59-yard touchdown run by senior running back Liam Foley that tied the game in the second quarter with just over three minutes left in the half.

The Panthers continued the momentum into the second half and continued to counter when the Vikings scored.

This was the Panthers second straight win after losing to Centerville in Week 5.

“This is a great win for us,” said Kovac. “Games like this is what we live for”

Miamisburg looks to bounce back next week at Lebanon, and Springboro is home against Fairborn.

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