BELDING - Football coaches preach giving it 100 percent. Coaches say when you give it your all good things happen.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets and Belding Redskins did just that on Friday night when they met to start the 2011 football season at Rudness Field.
Unfortunately, one team loses in the game of football.
The Yellow Jackets came out on top by holding off the Redskins in overtime 46-40. But the Redskins forced overtime by scoring 21 unanswered points in the game’s final 6:15.
“It’s the most exciting game I’ve ever been in,” Greenville senior Chris Mickey said. “It’s a 115-year rivalry. Nothing can top it. I’m speechless right now.”
Zach Hoover gave the Yellow Jackets a 40-19 lead when he recovered and scored on a bad snap to Belding quarterback Brady Badder.
At that point a few fans made their way to the exit to beat the traffic. That decision turned out to be a mistake.
Belding responded just 20 seconds later when senior Cody Douglas ran up the middle for 67 yards and a touchdown. The missed extra point made it a 40-25 Greenville advantage.
With the crowd back in the game the Redskins recovered an onside kick at midfield. Just 43 seconds later Badder connected with a wide open Mike Geister for a 43-yard score. Ryan Stowell’s extra point pulled the Redskins within 40-32 with 5:11 remaining.
Greenville was forced to punt and gave Belding the ball back with 3:51 remaining in the game. They needed just 24 seconds as Douglas – for the second time – scampered 67 yards for a touchdown to make the game 40-38.