Saturday morning lights

Glad we weren’t covering this game on deadline.

Friday night lights burned well into Saturday morning in Nacogdoches, Texas, before Rodrigo Carreon kicked a 19-yard field goal to give Jacksonville an 84-81 victory over Nacogdoches in a high school football game decided in the 12th period of overtime.

The game possibly set a national record. The National High School Record Book lists two games that went nine overtimes. The first was a 1977 game in Detroit with Southeastern defeating Northeastern 42-36. That game lasted 3 hours, 43 minutes. The record was tied in 2006 in Washington when Bothell beat Pasco 43-40.

The Jacksonville-Nacogdoches game lasted 5 hours and eliminated the Dragons from playoff competition in District 14-4A. The game was tied at 28 at the end of regulation and finished just before 1 a.m.

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