All it took for the Tates Creek and Paul Dunbar offenses to get going was getting the ball 10 yards from the end zone.
The teams played to a 7-all tie through four quarters before the visiting Commodores (2-3) came up with a defensive stop in the third overtime to secure a 28-27 victory over the Bulldogs (0-4).
Each team had three turnovers in regulation and neither gained more than 250 yards of total offense. The first 19 possessions of the contest ended with a punt or a turnover and there were less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter when Tates Creek quarterback Chris Kemplin found Brandon Shrout for a 70-yard touchdown and the first points of the game.
The offensive struggles went away when overtime began and both teams got to start on the opponents' 10-yard line.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first two overtimes and Kemplin's 1-yard run and the extra point gave the Commodores a 28-21 lead in the third OT.
Dunbar's Martaveous Mays scored on a 9-yard run to get within a point, but a two-point rushing attempt that would have won it for the Bulldogs came up short and Tates Creek escaped.
Raceland 37, Lexington Christian 35: The host Rams, who were knocked out in the Class A playoffs by LCA last season, got a little payback Friday night by defeating the Eagles on Tate Preston's 20-yard field goal with 3:34 remaining.
The two-point margin of victory was the same as Raceland's margin of defeat in the second round of last year's playoffs. The Rams lost that game 34-32.
The rematch was every bit as close.
Raceland (4-0) and LCA (4-1) traded touchdowns in the first quarter and finished the period in a 14-all tie.
Lucas Witt's 36-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Townsend gave the Eagles their first lead of the game, a 21-14 advantage.
Raceland answered that score with 20 straight points, including two touchdown runs by John Scott Carver.
LCA's Ben Hartley and Branden Burdette scored touchdowns in the second half and the Eagles regained the lead, 35-34, with 7:55 remaining.
Preston kicked the game winner a little more than four minutes later.
No. 20 Johnson Central 54, No. 22 Woodford County 33: The visiting Golden Eagles (5-0) scored 40 points in the first half and gained more than 650 rushing yards for the game in a big win at Woodford County (3-2).
Junior running back Nathan Dillon started the scoring off with a 76-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and added scoring runs of 72, 22 and 12 yards. The Golden Eagles had five touchdown runs of more than 35 yards in the first half. Dillon's 22-yarder was the shortest scoring run and Johnson Central led 40-20 at the break.
No. 14 Madison Central 49, Clark County 35: A flurry of four straight touchdowns in the second half turned a 28-20 Clark County lead to a 49-28 Madison Central advantage and the visiting Indians (5-0) remained undefeated by handing the Cardinals (4-1) their first loss of the season.
Trailing 28-20, Keshawn Simpson scored on a 1-yard run and John Moncrief added a two-point conversion run with 1:33 left in the third quarter to tie the game. From there, Simpson, Shane King and Isaiah Kavanaugh all scored on touchdown runs in less than a five-minute span and the Indians took control.
Madison Central gained 349 yards on the ground and had just 18 yards passing on one completion. King led the Indians with 143 yards, Kavanaugh had 121 yards and two TDs and Simpson added 76 yards to go with his three touchdowns.
Ryan Williams gained 213 yards on 25 carries and scored a touchdown to lead the Cardinals offense. Williams came into the game as one of the state's leading rushers.
No. 10 Scott County 40, Shelby County 9: The visiting Rockets (0-4) blanked Scott County in the first quarter but didn't score a point themselves over the final three in a 31-point loss to the Cardinals (3-1).
After falling behind 9-0 after one quarter, senior running back Jose Smith helped Scott County come back by scoring the first of his three touchdowns and the Cardinals grabbed a 13-9 lead before halftime and made it a lot bigger in the second half.
Smith, who ran 23 times for 114 yards, scored on a 6-yard run in the second quarter and quarterback Cory Cronin added a 1-yard run later in the period to give the Cardinals the lead for good.
Harrison County 49, Bourbon County 14: Senior quarterback Van Isaac completed 12 of 16 attempts for 239 yards and four touchdowns to lead the visiting Thorobreds (3-2) over winless Bourbon County (0-4).
Isaac threw three touchdown passes and Josh Moss ran for two scores as the Thorobreds scored 35 points in the second quarter to open up a 42-0 halftime lead.