Flashes come back strong, fall to Rangers in OT

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 17, 2000

The St. Aloysius Flashes (3-5) lost a 19-13 overtime thriller to Richland Friday.

The Flashes, who trailed most of the game, had an opportunity to win after Michael Strickland scored on a 2-yard run to tie the game at 13-13 with 20 seconds left.

However, the extra point was blocked and sent the game into overtime. Richland scored on their first drive to capture the non-division win.

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The Flashes used a pair of turnovers to get back into game. In the third quarter, Walker Hengst recovered a botched punt attempt, then several plays later, Dan Muirhead found Michael Engle on a 6-yard TD pass to tie the game, 7-7. With less than two minutes to play, Curtis Sessums recovered a fumble to set up the game-tying touchdown.

Muirhead was 2-for-4 for 46 yards. With wingback Clay Simmons limited after a concussion and Strickland back for the first time since injuring his shoulder, the Flashes rushed for 118 yards on 43 carries. Strickland ran for a team-high 59 yards, and Simmons ran for 55 yards.

The Flashes return to Division 8-1A play Friday, hosting Pelahatchie.

All five of the Flashes’ losses have been to 2A teams.

St. Al beat Richland 34-7 last year as the Rangers finished 0-10. But the Rankin County school has made a big turnaround, improving to 7-1.