The Austin vs. Decatur rivalry football game is one of the most popular events in the city of Decatur, Alabama. Austin, coming off of a state semi-final run in 2015, had high hopes and were the favorites for this year’s annual showdown. But, as Rivalry games often do, it doesn’t matter who the favorite is to win the game, these games come down to who wants it most and often on the last plays of the game. This one was no exception.
After a back and forth first three and a half quarters, Austin led 14-7 with just over three minutes left in the game. Decatur then scored its second touchdown of the night with 3:11 left on 2-yard run by quarterback Alec Marks. Jeff Kirkland’s PAT tied the game at 14-14. This one was far from over as the game went to overtime still knotted at 14 points for each. Austin scored first, but Decatur responded quickly and without hesitation, bringing the second tie of the evening and a second overtime. Decatur started OT #2 with the ball and scored, but Austin, not to be denied, answered, bringing the score to 29-29 heading into the 3rd OT. Austin scored and took the challenge to Decatur when it converted the extra points on a 2 point play. Decatur responded with a touchdown to make the score 37-35, but was unable to convert the game tying 2 point conversion, falling just short of pulling the big upset. The 72 points scored by both teams was the most ever in the River City Rivalry.
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