One of the best seasons in the history of Southern Oregon University’s football program ended Saturday, when the Raiders lost a double-overtime thriller to Reinhardt 37-34 in Waleska, Ga., in the NAIA semifinals.
Both teams scored touchdowns on their possession in the first overtime. But Southern Oregon had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Marcus Montano in the second overtime and Reinhardt won when Trevae Cain scored on a 2-yard run. The score came one play after Cain gained just enough for a first down on a fourth-and-one play from the Southern Oregon 3.
The overtime capped a wild final two minutes of regulation.
Reinhardt led 21-17 and had the ball with 90 seconds to go when Southern Oregon’s Sean Rogers forced a fumble that Isiah Carter picked up and returned 43 yards for a go-ahead touchdown.
Reinhardt then used a long kickoff return and a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by the Raiders to set up a 48-yard field goal by Nick Marquez to force overtime.
Reinhardt advanced to the NAIA title game for the first time and will face top-ranked Saint Francis for the title on Dec. 16.
No. 5 Southern Oregon finished the season 12-1. The seniors were part of a four-year stretch when the Raiders won 42 games and reached the title game twice, including winning the championship in 2014.
Tanner Trosin had three touchdown passes for the Raiders in the semifinal loss. Reinhardt quarterback Billy Hall had a touchdown run and a pair of scoring passes to Ronnie Chambliss.