MADISON — Chris Estep’s Team Mango pulled off a nail biter over Tyler Gunnoe’s Team Zuko in a 65-62 triple overtime thriller on Dec. 22 to win the southern West Virginia flag football championship at the Scott High School football team.
Gunnoe’s team, which has won the last three championships and tied the last, fell on the last play of the game as Tanner Dillon booted a 44-yard field goal.
It was a fast paced game.
Gunnoe’s Boone County team has been known as “The greatest show on turf.”
They have speed, athletic ability and seasoned athletes. Gunnoe has clocked a 4.285 time in the 40-yard dash in years past and has not diminished any with time.
Team Zuko got the ball first and the Boone boys stalled in their opening drive, paced by team Mango’s defense led by Chris Estep and Earsel Vance.
Thomas Adkins started out on a quick and positive note by throwing receptions to Logan’s Zac Acord and Skyler Miller.
Adkins then ran it in from 12 yards out. The extra point pass was no good but Team Mango led 6-0.
Team Zuko was quick to answer with a 74-yard strike to Brady Grant from Gunnoe. The two-point pass was good as Zuko led 8-6.
Mango again went with to Acord and Miller across the middle and Adkins evaded a sure sack by Gunnoe and Matt White and scrambled in for a 32-yard touchdown. After the Dillon kick it was 14-8.
Zuko answered back with Logan’s own, Joe Street , who caught four bubble screens and several hot passes to weave his way down field to the 17-yard line. An Elswick TD pass and Jesse Belcher’s conversion run made it 16-14 in favor of Team Zuko.
Adkins then followed with a 23-yard TD run. With Dillon’s extra point kick it was 22-16 Mango. The score was set up by several circus catches by Acord.
Then following an interception Adkins scored another touchdown to make it 30-16 after Dillon’s kick.
Gunnoe then tried to do a quick strike to Street and Estep stepped in front of it for the pick, running it down to the 22. Miller then caught a 22-yard TD catch as Mango upped its lead to 38-16.
Another interception by Team Zuko, this one by Dillonn closed the action at halftime.
On the first play of the second half, Gunnoe tossed to Brady Grant for a 54-yard touchdown reception to cut the deficit to 38-24.
Team Zuko continued to rally.
After some big runs and quick play action passes to Mike Belcher to the 3, Gunnoe was able to toss a TD pass to Matt White, trimming the deficit to 38-30.
Zuke then tied it up at 38 with a 12-yard TD pass to Jason Elswick and a Grant conversion grab.
Adkins then fired a 51-yard TD pass to Jake Halstead on a fourth-and-20 play. After Dillon’s PAT, Mango led 46-38 with seven minutes left in the game.
Team Zuko then tied it up at 46 with a touchdown pass to White.
Belcher’s TD run later put Zuko ahead 54-48 with 1:23 left.
Mango then tied it at 54 with Dillon’s 76-yard touchdown run with three seconds left.
In the first overtime, Zuko went up 62-54 with a 20-yard TD pass and successful conversion play.
Mango tied it at 62 and sent the game into a second overtime with Miller’s 5-yard TD catch and Dillon’s PAT.
After a scoreless second OT, Dillon’s long field goal then won it in the third overtime.