DETROIT — The Celeste Blue Devils lost Friday night’s game to the Detroit Eagles in overtime, 27–20.
Celeste dropped to 3-3 for the season, the same record for the victors.
The first quarter went scoreless and the Blue Devils had marched the ball to the Eagles 34-yard line when the Eagles defensive back picked off a Blue Devils pass and ran it back 66 yards for an Eagle touchdown. The Eagles attempted a PAT but the ball missed to the right.
On the ensuing kickoff the Blue Devils kick receiver Jace Pallan ran back the kick 80 yards for a touchdown. Kicker Nathan Butcher converted the PAT to put the Blue Devils up by one.
The Blue Devils defense held the Eagles to a three and out and scored on their next possession with a quarterback keeper in which Marco Santos reversed the field and ran in a 19-yard touchdown. Butcher’s kick was true bringing the score to Celeste 14, Detroit 6. That score would remain to the half.
In the third quarter the Blue Devils drove the ball deep into Eagle territory but fumbled at the Detroit 29-yard line. The Eagles recovered the fumble and drove the ball 71 yards on eight plays, scoring a touchdown with a 3-yard quarterback keeper. The Eagles tied it up 14-14 with a two-point conversion pass.
On the next possession the Blue Devils drove the ball 65 yards to the Eagle 10-yard line and attempted to kick a 27-yard field goal but Butcher’s kick fell short.
With six minutes left in the fourth quarter the Eagles pinned the Devils deep with an unreturned punt inside the Celeste 20-yard line. The Eagles held and forced the Blue Devils to punt.The punt was blocked and the Eagles pulled ahead to 20–14 on a touchdown run by their quarterback.
With just over two minutes left on the clock the Blue Devils rallied back with a touchdown of their own on a 10-play, 63-yard drive. Celeste needed the extra point to win but a bobbled snap and hold caused the kick to fly right. The game would go into overtime tied at 20.
Detroit scored a touchdown and extra point on its possession but the Blue Devils failed to convert on a fourth and goal.