With the game on the line, the Lynx fans knew who the ball was going to. The Whitehaven fans knew who the ball was going to.
Eric Gray '19 knew, too. He wanted the ball. A chance for redemption after his fumble near the Whitehaven goal line ended what could have been a game-winning drive in regulation.
"I said I've got to put the team on my back, especially after fumbling on the goalline. The team said to go win the ballgame for us so that is what I had to do," Gray said.
As Gray took the handoff from the two-yard line in overtime, he said he knew he was going to score.
"I knew I was going into the end zone. No matter what it took. If I had to run over someone, I was getting in the end zone," Gray said.
He did get into the end zone, scoring the game-winning touchdown that gave the Lausanne Lynx a 26-23 victory over Whitehaven and extended their Shelby County history-making winning streak to 30 games.
"It solidifies who we are in the eyes of a lot of people throughout the city. We feel like we can line up against anyone and play with anyone on any given Friday night. Wins like this legitimize our kids, their talent and how hard they work," Lausanne head coach Kevin Locastro said.
It was a big win in front of a large crowd. A crowd that resulted in the game being moved from Lausanne tho Rhodes College to accommodate the number of fans.
"Our guys don't get the opportunity to play in front of crowds like this every Friday night. I don't think they were overwhelmed in the moment, but it sure was nice to see so many people interested in what we did tonight," Locastro said.
With the win, Lausanne moves to 3-0 on the season and now turns their attention to Craigmont.
"We have a one game at a time mentality. Each week we come out and set our sights to go undefeated for the week," Gray said.
It is a plan of attack that has worked well for the Lynx.
30 straight times, in fact.