It was not the prettiest win for Woodridge football this season, but the Bulldogs’ rally Friday night at Coventry might have been its most important.
Down 21-7 at halftime, Woodridge overcame four turnovers to tie the contest and send it to overtime. The Bulldogs won 34-28 in the first overtime period at Coventry.
The win evened Woodridge’s record at 4-4, 4-1 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division.
Woodridge forced Coventry to go four-and-out during the first overtime period. The Bulldogs then won the game when quarterback Andrew Mekeal hit Elijah Arnett with a 16-yard touchdown pass.
It was good end to a rough night for Mekeal, who went 12-of-26 for 152 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions.
Running back Bradley Goodyear played a huge role in the comeback for Woodridge, as he scored 5-yard touchdown runs early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 21-21. After Coventry responded with a touchdown pass, Goodyear tied the game at 28-28 with a 14-yard touchdown with 5:33 left in regulation.
Woodridge had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Tanner Laughorn’s field goal attempt was blocked.
Woodridge will face Norton next Friday at Lahoski Field with shot for first place on the line.