Kamar Johnson’s 48-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and a strong defensive effort led Lima Senior to a come from behind 14-10 Three Rivers Athletic Conference football win over Oregon Clay on Friday night at Spartan Stadium.
Johnson rushed for 89 yards and Cameron Miles had 88 yards.
“We had three really good days of practice. Our defense played lights out,” Lima Senior coach Alphonso Townsend said after his first career win.
Oregon Clay led 10-8 at halftime.
The Spartans had jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead early in the second quarter but struggled in the final 10 1/2 minutes of the first half.
Lima Senior drove 73 yards on 13 plays the first time it had the ball to go up 6-0 on a 10-yard touchdown run by Camren Miles with 6:36 left in the first quarter.
The Spartans looked ready to take control of the game when they drove 70 yards on eight plays the next time they had the ball. But a fumble at the two-yard line stopped the drive short of the end zone.
But the Spartans’ defense came up with a safety on Clay’s first offensive play after the fumble for an 8-0 lead with 10:29 left in the first half.
Lima Senior had 140 yards total offense up to that point but was held to -8 yards overall the rest of the first half.
Clay tied the game 8-8 on a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Logan Heintschel to Jordan Pettaway and a two point conversion with 2:17 left in the first half.
The Eagles took the lead at 10-8 on a safety when a Lima Senior snap went over the punter’s head and through the end zone 1:08 before halftime.
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.