Parkway Central and Parkway North fans had to wait a day for their teams to hit the gridiron against each other but oh the wait was so worth it.
The Colts and Vikings battled back and forth for 48 minutes and it took overtime to decide the contest between the two longtime Parkway District rivals.
Parkway Central kicker Michael Rembold booted through a 35-yard field goal in the first overtime and the Colts escaped with a 17-14 victory at Parkway North on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 6).
Central jumped on top in the first quarter courtesy of a 21-yard touchdown run from Daniel Burk with 8:08 left in the first quarter.
Parkway North answered in the second quarter as senior workhorse running back Roosevelt Abrahm pounded the rock in on a 1-yard run to tie it at 7-7 with 1:11 to go before halftime.
In the third quarter, the defenses held tough and neither team was able to mount much momentum with the ball.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Colts offense got its run game going as Central’s big fullback Michael Slater broke off tackle for a 30-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 lead with 4:02 left to play.
That lead lasted ever so briefly as North came roaring back on the ensuing kickoff.
Abrahm, lined up as a deep back on the kickoff, took the ball and raced 90 yards for pay dirt and Jack Faron’s point after kick knotted that game at 14-14 with just 3:49 left.
The defenses kept things in check from there and the teams went to overtime.
In the first overtime, Rembold came through for the Colts with a 35-yard boot through the uprights and the Colts picked up their first road win of the 2014 season.
Parkway Central improved to 2-1. Parkway North slipped to 1-2.
NOTES: In other area games of interest on Friday, Jackson beat Marquette 22-14, St. Dominic beat Duchesne 22-2, and Kennedy lost at Tolton Catholic 40-8.