Double overtime win sends JC-M Rebels into semi-finals

In double overtime, the projected underdogs of the Jones County/Midland Rebels upset the Harding County Ranchers and will go on to semi-final play.

The Monday, October 31, game held in Buffalo went into overtime tied eight to eight. Overtime scoring raised that to 22-16.

The Rebels held their own through almost two-thirds of the first quarter. Rancher Cody Sarsland caught a pass from Charlie Nelson for a 23 yard touchdown. The conversion was good and the score stayed 0-8 for the rest of the half.

With only three minutes left in the third quarter, Rebel’s Jake Mathews plowed through the remaining two yards for the touchdown. Mathews ran the conversion and the score was tied.

Overtime was balanced out with a touchdown and conversion on both sides. Harding County’s Jered Hafner snagged a pass from Nelson for a ten yard touchdown. The conversion pass was successful. Jones County/Midland immediately came back with a Kevin Ball one yard run and a James Williamson conversion catch to tie the overtime.

The second overtime saw a Ball one yard run over the goal line. The extra point attempt failed. The Rebels held the Ranchers on four downs to end the game.

Jones County/Midland completed 8 passes out of 16 for a total of 116 yards. Henry Ireland caught four for 56 yards, and Brian Feddersen caught 2 for 42 yards. The Ranchers caught 4 of 13 for 80 yards, with Sarsland grabbing 3 for 70 yards and Chasm Floyd catching one for 10 yards.

The Rebels rushed 44 times for 127 yards with Mathews going 16 times for 79 yards and Ireland going 12 times for 14 yards. The Ranchers rushed 49 times for a total of 153 yards. Jet Price ran 31 times for 144 yards and Weston Hafner six for 19.

JC/M racked up 29 solo tackles and 42 assists. Kirk Byrd and Kevin Ball had 5 solo tackles and 16 assists each. Ireland had 8 solos and 9 assists.

The Rebels had four first downs through passing, three through rushing, and one through an opponent penalty. The Ranchers had 13 first downs. The Rebels had four penalties for a loss of 35 yards, and the Ranchers had seven penalties for a loss of 50 yards.

The Rebels will host Montrose at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, in Murdo for the semi-final game.