Kevin Aviles and the rest of the Basic field-goal unit had to wait just one week for a chance at redemption.
Aviles had a potential game-winning field goal blocked as time expired last week when the Del Sol line penetrated Basic’s protection.
On Friday night, the protection held up and Aviles was successful from 28 yards in overtime to lift eighth-ranked Basic to a 17-14 home victory over Liberty.
“I wasn’t worried. I have confidence. I believe in myself and that’s all anyone can do,” Aviles said. “I just looked down and kicked the ball. When I saw it in the air, I just wanted it to go in. I started praying and when it went through, I just started jumping up and down.”
Quarterback Tyler Dobbins said the team knew it could count on its kicker.
“He makes 45-yarders in practice every single day,” Dobbins said. “We know he can do it.”
Liberty had missed a 23-yard field-goal try in OT before the Wolves took possession.
Basic (5-1, 2-1 Southeast League) overcame a sluggish performance from its offense by scoring a touchdown in the closing seconds of regulation to force overtime.
After the Wolves converted a fourth-and-1 at the 8-yard line, Dobbins rolled right and tried to throw to Seth Campbell. Campbell was unable to secure the pass, but Marty Christensen was running his route in the same area and caught the deflection in the end zone with just 49 seconds remaining.
Dobbins ran the ball in on the ensuing 2-point conversion to tie the score.
“It just went through (Campbell’s) hands,” Christensen said of his only catch of the game. “I was just there waiting for it and I didn’t drop it.”
Liberty (3-3, 1-2) opened a 14-6 lead in the first half as the Patriots limited Basic to just 15 yards in the half.
Samuel Tai threw touchdown passes to Chris Smith and Anthony Norris as Liberty jumped in front early.
The Wolves were victorious despite gaining just 93 yards of total offense.
Basic’s first points came on a 12-yard pass from Dobbins to Jon Polin after a turnover gave the Wolves the ball at Liberty’s 10-yard line.
The game-tying drive also came on a short field. The Wolves got the ball at Liberty’s 17 with 1:42 to play.
“We were having a lot of trouble moving the ball, both because of mistakes that we were making and the fact that Liberty’s defense is very good,” Basic coach Jeff Cahill said. “The great thing is the heart and the guts that the kids showed in finding a way to win the game.”