STOCKBRIDGE - Over the past few weeks, Stockbridge High had been a team riddled with errors and a slow start offense that came together late while their opponent entered the game with momentum on their side.
However, it was Stockbridge, who for the second week in a row, relied on a heroic fourth quarter drive from Jevon McDonald and an interception from Jaylen Jackson to keep their undefeated region hopes alive.
The Tigers came out with their own pace in mind despite Ola getting a good rhythm through the air from Hunter Kautz. After stopping the drive, Stockbridge found their way to the endzone on the first play from scrimmage.
Jevon McDonald, who struggled in previous weeks with interceptions found the right receiver in single coverage and placed the ball just one step further than the shoulder for an easy 56-yard touchdown pass. Following the easy score, Ola's offense regained their footing.
The Mustangs rolled down the field on the passes of Kautz, but it was the strong rush of Karl Kennedy who carried the Mustangs to their first score of the night.
But that's when the entire game turned upside down.
When the Tigers' next drive went nowhere, and Ola had a chance to carry their momentum back to the endzone but an errant snap over their punter rolled into oblivion. Chase Folser landed on it, but Stockbridge's drive started in the redzone and Ola was in danger.
The Mustangs defense held as the Tigers couldn't get going but Ola did benefit from the missed field goal. The Mustangs pounded out yards through the air and capped off a drive that stalled in the redzone with a field goal from Folser.
Stockbridge's drive following their missed field goal and Ola's lead change led to the endzone, but it came from the arm of McDonald connecting with Jaylen Jackson across the middle of the field for the Tigers' second touchdown of the night.
When special teams are mentioned for the Mustangs, it's noted they gave up three different momentum ending situations. This time, it was a fumble on the kick return that Stockbridge recovered and, as a common theme of the night, chucked the ball to Markell Ramsey for pay dirt.
As halftime approached, Ola had nearly two minutes to go to the endzone. However, Stockbridge's defense remained solid and only gave up the field goal that allowed Ola to trail 21-13 at half.
If the Mustangs' playbook included eating up a lot of time on the clock, they succeeded in the third quarter. But a monster game was on the horizon.
Ola High punched the ball into the endzone in the fourth quarter and looked to be the victor this week over Stockbridge but when it came down to Stockbridge, 85 yards stood in their way.
The Tigers drove down the field handily through the air and capped off the final 44 yards to the endzone with a pass to John Prince who scored the final touchdown.
Jackson intercepted the Ola Mustangs late in the fourth quarter to ice the game and seal the victory.
SHS 7 14 0 6 27
OHS 7 6 3 6 22
SHS: McDonald 56 pass Taylor (9:09, 7-0, Trejo PAT)
OHS: Kennedy 21 rush (7:07, 7-7, Cullen PAT)
OHS: Folser 22 Field Goal (8:34, 10-7)
SHS: McDonald 31 pass Jackson (3:57, 14-10, Trejo PAT)
SHS: McDonald 15 pass Ramsey (2:51, 21-10, Trejo PAT)
OHS: Folser 18 Field Goal (2.3, 21-13)
OHS: Folser 19 Field Goal (53.6, 21-16)
OHS: Kautz 1 (7:03, 22-21, Try Fail)
SHS: McDonald 44 pass Prince (1:47, 27-22, Try Fail)