UNIONTOWN -- West Franklin rallied from a 21-7 deficit here Friday night to beat Uniontown, 29-21, in overtime in Kansas Class 3A District 4 play. But that it took the extra period to do so kept alive an outside chance for the Eagles to qualify for the playoffs.
Instead of the normal 8 points the Eagles (0-2 district, 2-6 overall) would have been deducted under the district 13-point tie-breaker system, the overtime loss cost the Eagles just one point. The Falcons (1-1, 4-4) gained only one point. This means that it is a bit easier for Uniontown to win a three-way tie for the second playoff berth out of the district -- Wellsville has already clinched a berth -- because they won't have to beat Central Heights (1-1, 2-6) by as many points next Thursday. It may take just a 5-point victory over Heights and a West Franklin loss to Wellsville (2-0, 7-1) to emerge on top of the tie-breaker and advance to the playoffs.
The Eagles came out determined to make their fate easier to control, recovering an onside kick to start the game.
"We drove down the field, eating up half the quarter, and scored," Uniontown head coach Chad Stroud said.
Uniontown missed the extra point. West Franklin scored on its second possession of the game and went ahead 7-6 on a successful PAT.
Zach Travis found Seth Sympson for a touchdown to put the Eagles back ahead after a Jordan Woods interception. Then Travis intercepted a pass himself to set up Woods' 2-yard TD run to make it a 21-7 lead on the last play of the half.
The Falcons scored a touchdown in the third quarter to get within seven. They used their running game to take control in the fourth. Stroud said West Franklin converted a fourth-and-6 play at the Uniontown 15 on their way to tying the contest late in regulation.
Uniontown had the first overtime possession but could not score. The Falcons scored on a third-down pass play on their possession to win.
"I feel sick to my stomach for our kids," Stroud said. "Especially our seniors."
Garrett Murrow led Uniontown rushers with 51 yards and also intercepted a pass. Ty Clayton led the defense with 10 tackles while Tyler Hall and Max Labbe each had 9.
Uniontown had 219 yards of total offense to 242 for West Franklin. The Eagles outrushed the Falcons, 156 yards to 146.