PITTSFIELD -- Tony Marino’s 3-yard touchdown run in the first overtime lifted Taconic to a 22-14 come-from-behind win over Monument Mountain on Saturday.
Marino’s score completed a late second half rally, in which Taconic, down 14-6, tied the score with 17 seconds left in regulation. Braves quarterback Jordan Barbarotta hit wide receiver Drew Scace in the right corner of the end zone for a 17-yard TD pass, followed by a pass to Jordan Knowlton for the 2-point conversion.
The victory snapped Taconic’s five-game losing streak and gave the 3-7 Braves something to build upon for the 2013 season, according to head coach Vinnie Barbarotta.
"This is the big boost we needed to build up our program and jump-start it for next year," Barbarotta said. "The way they celebrated afterwards, you’d think they won the Super Bowl."
Monument was on the verge of putting the game away, but the Braves defense halted the Spartans’ drive for a clinching touchdown at the Taconic seven yard line, with 2:13 left. The home team then drove 93 yards for the tying score and two-point conversion.
In overtime, both teams each get a chance to score from the 10-yard line. Taconic went first, but had trouble moving the football, until a face mask penalty on a second down running play gave the Braves a new set of downs. Two plays later, Marino scored the go-ahead touchdown.
Monument never came close to tying the game as their OT period began at the 40-yard line, thanks to a pair of 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Spartans head coach Todd Tinker. Three incomplete passes and a quarterback sack ended the game, leaving Monument with a record of 2-8.
Tinker had been arguing with the officials, upset over what he claimed was an unfounded face mask call against his team.
He did praise Taconic for their comeback win and how well his team played.
"We’re going in the right direction headed into next year," he said.
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