It looked like it was turning into a long night for the Phantoms as they took on the River City Commandos. The game started slow, as so many Phantoms games have trended this season. With no score by either teams in 12 minutes into the 1st quarter, River City broke the drought running the ball in from the red zone and connecting on a 2-point conversion, to put the Commandos up 8-0 at the end of the 1st.
Orlando would put 3 on the board, with a 28-yard field goal by Kicker Kyle Magee. But that would be it for what seemed like an eternity, but would actually only be a few minutes. A 20+ yard pass from Torrance Brown to Demetrick Love would give the Phantoms hope, but the Commandos would turn right around the snag an interception from the young QB. River City would add to their lead in the 2nd quarter with another touchdown, taking the lead 16-3.
The Phantoms would creep up on the Commandos with a score in the 3rd quarter cutting the River City lead to 6 points (16-10). An interception by Orlando just before halftime would seem to give them momentum going into the 3rd quarter. Unfortunately, the Phantoms wouldn’t capitalize. The 3rd quarter would be a back and forth battle of emptiness, with neither team scoring and Orlando with their backs up against the wall
Going into the 4th quarter Saturday night it felt as if things might not pan out for the Phantoms this time, and it was possible they would take their first loss of the season. The 4th quarter would quarter would crawl along with several three-and-outs, penalties for loss, and mental mistakes. BUT…
With 16.5 seconds left in the game the running game delivered, putting Orlando in the end zone and tying the game 16-16. A missed FG would send the game into overtime. In overtime, the Phantoms would win the toss and put together a 7 minute, 53 yard drive culminating in a back side toss to get the score and end the game!
Next week the Phantoms (9-0) are home in the final game of the regular season, against the Oscoela Ravens (7-2).