He threw an interception on the very first play of the game, but made up for it by scoring the winning touchdown in overtime.
Junior quarterback Mike Bevington ran the gamut for Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Friday in the Royals’ 20-14 victory over Principals Athletic Conference rival Massillon Tuslaw at Royals Stadium.
CVCA improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the PAC.
"Mike is our leading rusher just because he’s such a good athlete and gets out there and does some different things," CVCA head coach Dan Larlham said. "He’s not a stereotypical quarterback. He kind of does everything for us."
Following Bevington’s early miscue, Tuslaw drove right down the field and took a 7-0 lead on an 18-yard touchdown run by Brier Marthey.
The home team responded and tied the score 7-7 when senior running back Shane Douglas ran up the middle for an 8-yard touchdown.
Douglas’ 4-yard touchdown run just more than five minutes later gave CVCA a 14-7 lead after one quarter.
The Mustangs tied the score at 14 in the second quarter on a 69-yard touchdown pass from Austin Cordeiro to Kaden Lau.
"They hit a stop-and-go," said Larlham.
The scoreless second half was a result of Tuslaw’s "three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust" offense controlling the football, but not being able to punch it in.
"We ran only 10 plays in the second half," Larlham said. "They controlled the ball, but luckily we were able to keep them out of the end zone. They got into our red zone twice in the second half. They got down to the 18-yard line in the third quarter. Late in the fourth quarter, we had a really incredulous goal-line stand with four plays inside the 5-yard line."
Tuslaw got the ball first in overtime, but on third down, senior free safety Peyton Beebe intercepted a pass in the end zone, giving possession of the ball to CVCA.
Bevington won the game for the Royals on a 17-yard scamper to the end zone down the right side. But, according to the coach, the play was a total team effort.
"It was blocked perfectly," he said. "It was 11 people doing exactly what they were supposed to do. That’s the only way it could’ve worked."
Douglas rushed the ball 15 times for 101 yards, including a 24-yard run.
"Shane hurt his ankle in the third quarter, so those numbers are only about two-and-a-half quarters worth," said Larlham. "He was able to run our base stuff really effectively, and he was the reason we had 14 points on the board to send it to overtime."
Bevington ran the ball nine times for 41 yards, including a 17-yard run. Senior Austen Williams had two rushes for 33 yards, freshman running back Kyle Snider had seven rushes for 22 yards and sophomore Noah Atwood ran the ball twice for 10 yards.
Snider, doubling at inside linebacker, and senior David DiBlasi, another inside linebacker, led the way defensively. Snider had nine tackles, and DiBlasi had six.
"As good as Tuslaw runs the football, Kyle and David both prevented big plays. Kyle just puts himself in the right spot all the time. He was leading the charge on those third and fourth down stops at the end of regulation. He just seems more mature and more experienced than he really is. He’s just a natural football player. Luckily, that kid plays for us."
CVCA is scheduled to play Friday at Loudonville and at Manchester Nov. 1 in the regular-season finale. Both are PAC games that are set to kick off at 7 p.m.