Colton Hough helped make sure his overtime touchdown run stood up for Omaha Burke.
Hough and fellow linebacker Robbie Simpson tackled Millard North quarterback Clay Fisher inside the 1-yard line on the game's final play as fourth-ranked Burke held on for a 34-28 victory over the eighth-ranked Mustangs.
“Probably the biggest stop of my career,” said Hough, a 6-foot, 220-pound senior. “I knew I had to stick my head down in overtime and get everything I got.”
It took everything the Bulldogs had to come away with a win at Lyle Buell Stadium.
Burke bolted to a 28-13 halftime lead before 1-4 Millard North — all four of its losses are to state-ranked teams — controlled the second half to force overtime.
Hough scored on the first play in overtime, running through the middle on a 10-yard score. Hough finished with 82 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.
But on the extra point, a low snap didn't allow Burke's Hayden Guy to get off a kick, leaving the Bulldogs with a precarious six-point lead. Millard North, which got its option running game clicking in the second half, needed to just go 10 yards in four plays.
Fisher rushed to the Burke 2 on first down. But an illegal substitution penalty moved the ball to the 7, then Fisher was stopped at the 8 on second down and threw an incompletion — his only incompletion of the night — on third down.
Fisher, who finished the night with 184 yards on 31 carries, looked to pass on fourth down, but he scrambled out of the pocket and tried to dash into the end zone in the middle of the field, but was stopped at the 1.
“We knew we just had to stop them,” Burke coach Paul Limongi said of the overtime. “We knew it would take four downs to do it and I just give our guys so much credit.”
Burke, which lost to Millard North 45-10 last season, was in control early as it had a two-touchdown lead after the first and second quarters.
Running back Logan Gier had runs of 62 and 71 yards in the first 10 minutes to help Burke take a 14-7 lead, and then after the Mustangs lost a fumble at their own 26, Trey Carr caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Alex Curbeam in the final minute of the opening quarter for a 21-7 lead.
After trading touchdowns in the second quarter, it was all Millard North to start the second half.
Millard North ran 31 of the first 34 plays from scrimmage to start the second half. Fisher ran the ball 13 of those plays, while running back Grant DeVries had 10 carries.
“We knew it was going to be a game like that. We knew they're a good football team. They have a chance to go as far as they want to go. We found out the second half how good they are,” Limongi said of Millard North.
The Mustangs went 80 yards in 12 plays to open the half, and after a three-and-out by Burke, Millard North marched 80 yards in 19 plays, tying it at 28-28 with 7:15 left in the game.
Neither team threatened to score in the final seven minutes, setting up the nerve-racking finish.
Burke has won four straight heading into next week's matchup with top-ranked Omaha North.
“Obviously it's good to prepare for them coming off a victory,” Limongi said. “Starting tomorrow, we're going to lift our tails off and get ready for them.”
Omaha Burke (4-1) ............................ 21 7 0 0 6—34
Millard North (1-4) ............................ 7 6 7 8 0—28
OB: Rodney Williams 1 run (Hayden Guy kick)
MN: Clay Fisher 5 run (Jack Thompson kick)
OB: Logan Gier 71 run (Guy kick)
OB: Trey Carr 21 pass from Alex Curbeam (Guy kick)
MN: Avram Tynes 3 run (kick blocked)
OB: Colton Hough 33 run (Guy kick)
MN: Fisher 10 run (Thompson kick)
MN: Grant DeVries 3 run (Tynes pass from Fisher)
OB: Hough 10 run (run failed)
RUSHING: OB: Gier 12-199, Hough 8-82, Curbeam 5-19, Williams 3-(minus 7); MN: Fisher 31-184, DeVries 15-56, Tynes 3-17, Jacob Matthew 6-42, Adrrell Taylor 2-2, Gunnar Orcutt 1-2.
PASSING: OB: Curbeam 3-7-1 52; MN: Fisher 4-5-0 64.
RECEIVING: OB: Carr 2-26, Jacob Coughlin 1-26; MN: Jacob Humber 2-16, Orcutt 1-31, Taylor 1-17.