Edward Waters outscored host Pikeville 35-7 in the fourth quarter and completed an improbable 49-48 comeback with a last-second heave into the end zone.
Edward Waters trailed 48-42 when it recovered an onside kick at its 45-yard line with 35 seconds left. After a short completion and spike to kill the clock, quarterback Tyler Mahla hurled a 46-yard touchdown to Devion Laws to knot the score at 48-48 with no time left in regulation.
Christopher Miglioranzi's PAT was delayed then pushed back 15 yards by a celebration penalty, but the Tigers kicker managed to drive it through and give Edward Waters the win.
After trailing 48-14 after a UPike score with 10:47 left, the Tigers went on a 35-0 run to end the game.
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Mahla figured in the final three TDs of that rally, throwing a 9-yarder to Suwayne Hylton and rushing for a 13-yard score before tossing the game-tying TD.
Georgetown 63, Bethel 7: Georgetown rolled up 492 yards and scored early and often in its season opener at home.
The Tigers, the 12th- ranked NAIA team, took the opening kickoff 80 yards on five plays, capped by Kyle Longworth's 2-yard TD run. On the ensuing kickoff, the Wildcats (0-3) missed the ball and Georgetown recovered on Bethel's 10-yard line. Demonte Smith rushed for his first TD three plays later to give Georgetown a 14-0 lead with 11:37 left in the opening quarter.
Of their nine scoring drives, the Tigers reached the end zone on five plays or fewer six times. All nine drives ended in TDs.
"We are very balanced and saw a lot of good things out of all our guys today. I think that extra week or so was really good for us to be so ready on the field," Tigers Coach Bill Cronin said.
Smith finished with 68 yards and two TDs.
Neal Pawsat went 15-for-27 for 236 yards and three TDs for Georgetown.
Cumberlands 31, Belhaven 27: Iquan Deed rushed for two TDs in the fourth quarter — including a go-ahead 67-yard burst with 10:15 left — to propel the Patriots to a come-from-behind win and give Matt Rhymer his first win as Cumberlands' head coach.