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West Squeeks By Palmer In State Semis

Published On: Oct 18 2013 10:05:51 PM AKDT

Tyrone Davis scored on a 10-yard quarterback keeper in overtime to lift the West Anchorage Eagles over Palmer, 26-23 in the large school football semifinals on Friday night.  The Eagles advance to their second state title game in the last four years and will face either Dimond or Service.

The game featured three ties and five lead changes.  Palmer trailed 13-7 at  halftime but went ahead in the fourth quarter on a pair of short touchdown runs by quarterback Zeth Merritt. 

West then rallied to tie things up with 1:51 left in the fourth quarter on Leroy Elliott's touchdown run from one yard out.  Davis Ortland could have won the game in regulation for the Eagles, but his 36 yard field goal as time expired sailed wide.

In overtime, Palmer's Jacob Inukai booted a field goal to give Palmer its second lead of the night, 23-20.  But given its own possession from the 10-yard line, West called Davis' number, who scored the winning touchdown.

The Moose end the season 7 and 3 overall, while West improves to 8 and 2 after an 0 and 2 start.