JACKSBORO — A playoff spot wasn't on the line Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
But you wouldn't have been able to tell that watching Jacksboro and Holliday trade blows in a matchup that decided second place in District 5-2A Division II.
The Tigers added another chapter to their tremendous turnaround with an exhilarating 21-20 overtime victory against the Eagles. They couldn't celebrate until Jacob Cole's two-point conversion throw sailed over the hands of a diving Cameron Englishbee.
After surrendering 34 points to Nocona last week, it was the Tigers' defense that delivered an emotional win.
Garrett Johnson returned a fumble 38 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to knot the game at 14-14. The Tigers also registered four sacks and blocked a field goal.
"Defensively, they really had a chip on their shoulders because we didn't set out and accomplish what we wanted to do against Nocona," Jacksboro coach Brian Hodnett said.
"I'm really proud of the way we were resilient. We gave up some big plays but got it done."
Jacksboro (8-2, 4-1) will face Blooming Grove (7-3) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Burleson High School in the bi-district round. Holliday (6-4, 3-2) will take on Tolar at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Springtown.
Holliday coach Cody Patton said the Eagles didn't hesitate to go for the win after Jacob Cole scored from 8 yards out on their overtime possession.
Cole finished with 27 carries for 146 yards and three scores.
"We thought we could make it right there," Patton said. "Jacksboro was doing a good job driving the ball on us and we wanted to take our shot there."
After timeouts by both sides, the Eagles got in a tight formation and ran a play-action pass that was open but incomplete.
Jacksboro had the ball first in OT and punched it in on four plays, with quarterback Kirk Weldon scoring from 4 yards out.
The Tigers had multiple chances to go ahead when they had a steady wind in the fourth quarter.
Both teams blocked a field goal during the final frame, with Holliday's Sam Shirley getting a hand on Antonio Murillo's 31-yard attempt with four minutes remaining.
Reid Spiller, who scored in the first half on a 55-yard dash, and Logan Dixon each broke the 100-yard mark against a game Eagles defense. Dixon peeled off a 29-yard run in the waning minutes but was stripped on the play with Holliday recovering.
But Dixon bounced back with runs of 11 and 12 yards in overtime to set the Tigers' last touchdown up.
"We're undefeated on our home turf this year, so it's great to go out as a senior like that," Dixon said.
"Our team just kept fighting and fighting, and we came out victorious. Our defense really stepped up this game."
The Tigers have come a long way since last year's 2-8 season, Hodnett's first as a head coach.
And there was no doubt this was Jacksboro's biggest victory yet.
The Eagles finished 3-2 in district, but those two losses were by two points in games that were decided on the final play.
"It very well could have gone the other way," Hodnett said. "The kid was open on the last play."
Holliday 0 7 7 0 6—20
Jacksboro 0 7 7 0 7—21
J — Reid Spiller 55 run (Antonio Murillo kick)
H — Jacob Cole 10 run (Hunter McCain kick)
H — Jacob Cole 16 run (Hunter McCain kick)
J — Garrett Johnson 38 fumble recovery (Antonio Murillo kick)
J — Kirk Weldon 2 run (Antonio Murillo kick)
H — Jacob Cole 8 run (pass failed)
First downs 12 14
Rushes-yards 43-180 42-245
Passing 94 62
Comp-Att-Int 9-20-1 9-23-0
Punts-Avg. 7-38.9 9-28.1
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 4-3
Penalties-Yds. 8-82 6-50
RUSHING — Holliday, Jacob Cole 27-146, Sam Shirley 13-45, Andrew Edgin 1--5. Jacksboro, Reid Spiller 15-114, Logan Dixon 13-107, Nathan Zapata 2-20, Dylan Ervin 4-12, David Stretcher 1-7, Kirk Weldon 7--15.
PASSING — Holliday, Jacob Cole 9-20-94-1. Jacksboro, Kirk Weldon 9-21-62-0, Reid Spiller 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING — Holliday, Cameron Englishbee 5-59, Andrew Edgin 1-22, Sam Shirley 1-8, Beau Hadderton 2-5. Jacksboro, Nathan Zapata 4-35, David Stretcher 2-20, Reid Spiller 1-3, Cooper Tisdale 1-1.