HUNTINGDON - The Huntingdon Bearcats just needed a field goal to close out rival Mount Union on opening night.
They failed to finish.
Huntingdon gave up 20 points in the second half as it fell to Mount Union, 26-20, Friday night in overtime at a wild War Veterans Memorial Field.
"We made too many penalties," Hudy said. "We had a couple of personal fouls, [and had] a lack of discipline."
Following a scoreless first, the Bearcats struck first as Jon Wagner intercepted a Trevon Walker pass and returned it 48-yards to put the home team ahead, 6-0 with less than 5:30 to play in the half.
The Trojans turned the ball over twice and fumbled the ball three times.
After trading punts to start the second half, Huntingdon struck again.
Running back Devon Claar's 47-yard run set up Mitchell Lauer to score on a 1-yard draw play to give the Bearcats a 14-0 cushion.
Mount Union took over from there.
It took a little more than 1:20 for Walker to find Klayton Heffner for a 49-yard strike to put the Trojans on the board and cut the deficit to 14-6.
"You can't ask more for kids to come back they way they did," Mount Union coach Dayton Shugarts said. "It was absolutely amazing."
Huntingdon scored one more time on a 70-yard scamper by Claar to give Huntingdon a 20-6 lead through three quarters.
Loner then took over from there.
Just seconds into the final stanza, the junior wide receiver scored his first of three touchdowns on an 8-yard run to bring the Trojans within six.
"The seniors in our locker room told us what we needed to do to get back into the game, and we just played our hardest," Loner said.
Loner scored the game-tying touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Walker and scored the game-winner in overtime.
In the extra period, the Bearcats took the ball first, but quarterback Hudson Speck was stopped by a goal line stand on fourth and goal, setting up the Troajns for the win.
"We just self-destructed," Hudy said.
Shugarts couldn't have been more proud to see his team's resiliency.
"I can't single any one of them out, because they all were absolutely superb."
Next week, Huntingdon will head to Bellefonte, while Mount Union will host Juniata Valley.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Mount Union0 0 6 14 6 26
Huntingdon0 6 14 0 0 20
H Wagner 48 interception return (kick failed), 5:27
H Lauer 1 run (Claar run), 5:22
M Heffner 49 pass from Walker (kick failed), 4:01
H Claar 70 run (Kick failed), 2:41
M Loner 8 run (Heffner pass from Walker), 11:49
M Loner 14 pass from Walker (kick blocked), 5:41
M Loner 15 run
RUSHING: Mount Union - Smith 11-17, Stapleton 10-26, Walker 5-67, Loner 4-22, Kylor 2-7 Team 1-(-2) . Huntingdon Speck 5-(-5), Claar 14-160, Stetchock 15-68, Peters 4-10, Wagner 9-8, Kidd 1-10, Laurer 5-29.
RECEIVING: Mount Union Walker 2-4, Goodrich 1-11, Lauer 2-47, Heffner 1-49. Huntingdon Kidd 1-6, Claar 1-3.
PASSING: Mount Union Smith 3-3-0-15; Walker 5-14-1-17. Huntingdon Speck 2-8-0-9.
INTERCEPTIONS: Mount Union - Longer. Huntingdon Wagner.
Rushing yards33-137 53-280