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Oak Park outlasts Rochester Adams 44-43 behind two point conversion in overtime

Football   | Dave Pemberton

Oak Park outlasts Rochester Adams 44-43 behind two point conversion in overtime

Najee Trinity got sick when he knew the showdown between his Oak Park Knights and Rochester Adams was going to come down to a 2-point conversion in overtime.

Trinity had every right to be nervous. The Knights were 0 for 6 on 2-point conversions in regulation, allowing Adams to rally to tie the game at 36 and force overtime despite the fact the Highlanders scored one less touchdown.

Despite his nerves, Oak Park coach Greg Carter called Trinity’s number with the game on the line. Trinity punched in the Knights’ first 2-point conversion of the game on a bruising run to give Oak Park a 44-43 win over Adams.

“It was real nerve wrecking,” Trinity said. “I actually threw up on the sideline because I was feeling it in my stomach. I really didn’t know if we had it, but I had faith.”

The Highlanders scored on the first possession of overtime when Chase Kareta rushed for a 6-yard touchdown. Adams converted the extra point to take a 43-36 lead.

Oak Park responded when quarterback D’Wan Mathis ran in a 7-yard touchdown on the Knights’ possession in overtime, setting up Trinity’s game-winning 2-point conversion.

“(We were) 0 for 100, 0 for 100,” Carter said of Oak Park’s 2-point conversions. “The one we got (in regulation) we got penalized on. We didn’t do a very good job.

“I am the worst kicking coach in America, we know that. We can’t kick extra points and we couldn’t get in a 2-point conversion. Our goal was to at least get half of those and we probably would have some room at the end of this game. You gotta credit Rochester Adams, Tony (Patritto) does a super job.”

Oak Park improves to 2-2 with the win and hands Rochester Adams (3-1) its first loss of the season.

“In our situation, we were 1-2 coming in, it means everything to us to get back to .500 and try to get on a roll and be a playoff team,” Carter said. “We played without a couple of offensive line starters, that was kind of stuff, but we had some kids step up. That’s what you have to do. We have a great group of guys. They played extremely hard. I’m glad, for them, that we got the win.”

“It’s going to create a lot of momentum,” Trinity said of the win. “Teams are going to look up to Oak Park when they see us on the