For 48 minutes, nothing had been settled between top-ranked Leeds and Midfield.
Then in overtime, the Green Wave found a way to win 7-6 to remain unbeaten and No. 1 in Class 3A.
Leeds is at home again Friday night and will take on Thorsby in another region game.
Leeds coach Keith Etheredge said Friday was a very exciting ballgame.
“It puts us in the driver’s seat in region play,” he said. “Destiny is in our hands.
“The kids found a way to win.”
In overtime, Leeds took possession first at the 10-yard line.
“Our coaches called a freeze play on first down, and it worked as we caused them to jump offsides,” Etheredge said.
On first down from the 5-yard line, Tre Nation scored the first points of the game. Morgan Costan added the very important PAT to make it 7-0.
The Patriots got the ball at the 10-yard-line and scored on the first play from scrimmage on a quarterback draw to make it 7-6.
There would be no kick to tie the game. The Patriots were going for the win, and Etheredge was up for the challenge.
“This is what we do: play defense,” Etheredge said. “It is our strength. If we can’t stop them from three yards out, we don’t deserve to win the game.”
Midfield attempted the same play that scored the touchdown with the quarterback keeper, but the Leeds defense rose to the occasion and stopped him one and a half feet from the goal line.
“Several of our players made a great stop,” Etheredge said. “I’m proud of them. They have fought through a lot of things.”
Etheredge said his youngsters played great. Costan is a freshman, and Etheredge said he did a good job punting the ball.
Nation is also a freshman, and finished the game with 117 rushing yards on 20 carries.