Javien Wilson’s 2-point conversion run around left end was the difference Friday night at Lee Hedges Stadium as Byrd dealt Airline a heartbreaking 36-34 defeat in three overtimes.

Wilson, who finished the night with 102 yards rushing, got the opportunity to score the winning points thanks to a fourth down scrambling touchdown by quarterback Carson Dunn.

Dunn, a sophomore, couldn’t locate an open receiver so he evaded tacklers and dove for the goal line. Both officials on the line said he broke the plane and the Yellow Jackets tied it 34-34.

“To be honest I was upset that he missed his second read,” Byrd coach Mike Suggs said of his thoughts when Dunn started running. “But, he scored so all is well.”

It was the fourth straight win for Byrd (4-5, 3-2) as the Jackets finish the regular season at Evangel next week.  Airline (6-3, 3-2) dropped its 14th straight game to Byrd in a series that began in 1964.

“We played really well in the second half and in the overtimes,” Airline coach Bo Meeks said.  “We got the big run early in the game, but we didn’t play as well in the first half.”

In the first overtime, Nate Fullilove’s 4-yard reception from quarterback Brad Fream and Noah Sheets’ extra point put Airline ahead 22-15.  But Byrd came right back with a 1-yard burst by Charlie Barham and a Ben Smith kick to knot the score at 22.

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