ALBURNETT — If anyone ever wanted the definition of the word “barnburner,” they needed to go no farther than Alburnett last night.
An exciting, seesaw prep football battle with Lisbon went the Pirates’ way, 42-36, on an 8-yard pass Alec Phillipp to Kolton Rose in overtime.
The fireworks started early for the Lions when Tanner Sackett-Hopkins caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Logan Rickard.
Alburnett came right back with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Phillipp, the first of five on the night, to tie it at 8-8.
That was just beginning.
A wild second quarter saw both teams exchanging scores, with Lisbon getting a late score on a short Rickard run with just over two minutes to go. The Pirates came right back, moving 65 yard, capped off by another Phillipp touchdown pass, this one to Kolton Rose, giving them a 23-20 lead halftime lead.
“Our kids played well,” said Alburnett Coach Chris Evers. “It was an outstanding game played by two great teams.”
Two early third-quarter Alburnett turnovers led to Lisbon touchdowns, putting the Lions seemingly in control. But, the Pirates came back yet again, the tying game on a 39-yard Phillipp touchdown pass to Rose on a fourth-and-17 with 9:35 to go.
Then it got exciting.
Late in the fourth, Rickard picked off a Pirate pass, returning it to the Alburnett 5. But, Rickard gave it right back, tossing an interception to Bryce Paul with 24 seconds left, sending the contest into the overtime.
“I felt like it was Christmas morning with that interception.” Evers said.