Tri-State Buffalo running back Wyatt Stepka takes a big hit from The Panic's Garrett Mensing during Saturday's game in Hills.

Buffalos fall in double overtime

An impressive comeback in the second half by the Tri-State Buffalos was erased in overtime Saturday in Hills.

After falling behind 26-6 in the first half of a Southern Palins Football League game against The Panic, the Buffalos rallied to knot the score at 34 late in the fourth quarter.

T-S, however, couldn’t produce any points with two possessions in overtime.

The Panic missed a field goal at the end of their first overtime possession, but they complete a 10-yard touchdown pass on the first of their second possession to pull out a 40-34 victory.

The Panic took a 13-0 lead by registering 13- and two-yard touchdown runs in the first quarter before the Buffalos registered their first points of the season when quarterback Alex Toupal scored one a one-yard run at the 7:55 mark of the second quarter to make it 13-6 game.

The Panic added touchdown runs covering 22 and three yards before the first half was complete to increase the lead to 20 points (26-6) before the intermission.

The second half belonged to the Buffalos, who received a three-yard touchdown run by Toupal and a conversion run by Tyrel Kool at the 5:02 mark of the third quarter before trimming the difference to six points (26-20) when Toupal fired a seven-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Gonzalez with 8:06 remaining in the fourth quarter.

T-S moved in front 28-26 when Mickey Mahar scooped up a blocked punt and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown before Toupal carried in the ensuing two-point conversion.

The Panic regained the lead at 34-28 with an 18-yard touchdown run and a successful conversion run with 6:07 remaining.

T-S battled back to knot the score at 34 with 32 seconds remaining, when Toupal tossed 16-yard touchdown pass to Kool.

The 0-2 Buffalos play a road game against the Northern Iowa Bucks Saturday.

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