WETL-TV Ch. 68
Clay survives mistakes, Riley to win in overtime
August 20, 2012South Bend Riley High School
High school football:
SOUTH BEND -- Good thing Clay football coach Joe Szajko's head is as smooth as a cue ball.
If he had hair, he would have pulled it out long before his Colonials pulled out a season-opening, 12-6 overtime victory over Riley Friday night.
During regulation, the Clay offense ran 55 plays, compared to 36 by Riley. The Colonials doubled up on first downs, 16-8. The Wildcats attempted just one pass. Clay only punted once.
Still, three interceptions, a touchdown pass negated by a holding penalty and a critical late-hit penalty that set up Riley's second-quarter TD contributed to Szajko's frustration.
In fact, the Wildcats were five yards away from ending the game in regulation.
With the score tied and a second on the clock, Malik Coleman found a hole and ran 30 yards before Clay safety Wesley Thomas brought him down at the 5.