With Cumberland senior running back Jonathan Duniphan barreling toward the end zone, Olney's defense stood strong Friday as the Tigers prevailed 13-12 in overtime on Senior Night at East Richland High School.

With Cumberland senior running back Jonathan Duniphan barreling toward the end zone, Olney's defense stood strong Friday as the Tigers prevailed 13-12 in overtime on Senior Night at East Richland High School.

Following Duniphan's one-yard touchdown plunge, Cumberland head coach Todd Butler elected to go for two points and the win. Duniphan took the handoff from quarterback Monte Wolke but the 5-10, 210-pound bruiser was ruled down inches short of the goal line, giving the Tigers their eighth victory of the year.

"I thought he might have got in after that second effort but the referees guaranteed me he wasn't in, so I'll live with that," Butler said.

"The kids executed the game plan tonight. We wanted to run a lot of clock and keep Olney's offense off the field. Unless we face Maroa, I don't know anyone in 1A that's as balanced as Olney. This was a good test for us as we head into the postseason."

The Pirates (6-3) held the Tigers (8-1) to 89 rushing yards while Duniphan toted the pigskin 29 times for 84 yards, pushing him past the 700-yard mark. Holden Elwood added 72 yards on 14 carries for Cumberland.

"Number 21 is one of the toughest players I've seen," Olney head coach Matt Music said of Duniphan. "He's just unbelievable.

"Coach (Ryan) Denton had 11 guys executing on that last play. One guy kisses the football and the other 10 finish on our defense."

The Tigers are 2-0 in overtime this year, beating Cumberland and Robinson (21-20), and they erased a 27-point deficit to defeat Lawrenceville 35-33. Olney will host a home playoff game for the first time since 1987 on Friday against the Breese Mater Dei Knights.

"I don't get emotional very often but these kids about got me tonight," Music said. "I'm just so proud of our guys for all they've accomplished this season and I love every one of them.

"The Robinson game really helped us. We're used to tight situations and we feel comfortable when the game is close. It's not always been pretty but it's been a fun year full of memories."

The Tigers got the ball first in the extra stanza and jumped ahead 12-6 when Justin Bailey completed a slant pass to Zac Egleston in the back of the end zone on third-and-goal from the 6. Egleston made a diving grab in double coverage and Chance Madden's PAT split the uprights, stretching the lead to seven.

"I told Justin if he threw it to me, I would make something happen," said Egleston, who hauled in a game-high five receptions for 34 yards. "I took off, saw the safety move over and it was just me and the cornerback.

"We all wanted to play another game here next weekend. There's no quit in this team. We just like to cause coach Music stress, I guess."

Bailey was 15-of-32 for 157 yards and two TDs, also tossing a 40-yard bomb to Nolan Shan early in the second quarter that broke the scoreless stalemate.

"The ball was tipped but Zac has great hands and he snagged it," Bailey said. "That was a tough catch."

Duniphan answered on Cumberland's offensive possession with his fourth-down TD before Olney's defense rose to the challenge on the conversion attempt.

"All of our linemen stuck him," linebacker Mitchell Harmon said. "He was near the goal line and we pushed him back. We wanted it more."

Wolke (five) and Olney's Nick Dobbs (six) combined for 11 punts in the defensive slugfest. The Tigers averaged 3.3 yards per carry while Cumberland averaged 3.4 yards per attempt.

"Cumberland has a bend- but-don't-break defense," Music said. "Coach Butler is one of the best coaches in the area and he had his kids playing well."

Jordan Hahn gained 24 of his 40 yards on Olney's first drive of the game and Bailey fired completions to Egleston (eight and seven yards) and Shan (11 yards) but the Pirates stopped the Tigers on fourth-and-two from the 4 as Bailey's pass intended for Ryan Eagleson in the right corner of the end zone fell incomplete.

"We knew they were good on defense," Bailey said of a Cumberland unit that is surrendering just 11.2 points per contest. "We had a sluggish night on offense but our defense kept battling."

Tony Kuhlig tackled Duniphan in the backfield on Cumberland's first series and Dalton Keller sacked Wolke for a nine-yard loss on third-and-11, forcing Wolke to punt from his own end zone.

After Dobbs and Wolke exchanged kicks, Bailey dodged a blitz and found a wide-open Shan along the left sideline for a 40-yard TD strike on third-and-11. Madden's PAT was blocked by Jamin Repp, who also had a fumble recovery.

The score remained 6-0 in favor of the Tigers until the 5:25 mark in the third quarter when Wolke hit 6-6 tight end Kole Butler over the middle on second-and-20 following a holding penalty on the Pirates.

Butler's 27-yard touchdown tied it at six before Wolke's two-point pass attempt glanced off Butler's fingers.

Repp pounced on Dirk Washburn's fumble two plays later but Ryan Bailey intercepted Wolke's first-down heave, giving the Tigers the ball at their 15 with 4:52 left in the third.

In addition to recording his third pick in as many games, Bailey batted down Wolke's pass in the end zone on fourth-and-14 midway through the fourth quarter.

"Our defense stepped up and made big plays," Bailey said. "On that last play, we figured it was gonna be a counter to Duniphan. You don't see many guys like him in this conference. He's a load and our guys stepped up and took him on."

Dobbs fell on Duniphan's fumble at the Olney 19 with 39 seconds remaining in the third and the Pirates squandered another opportunity to take the lead in the fourth when Zach Poe dropped a pass in the flat on third-and-nine near the Olney 5. After Cumberland jumped offsides, Bailey broke up Wolke's pass, forcing a turnover on downs.

"We had our chances," Butler said. "We dropped a sure touchdown."

Following punts by Dobbs and Wolke, the Tigers marched to Cumberland's 25 but failed to score and Wolke took a knee as the teams headed into OT deadlocked at six.

Bailey attempted seven of his 32 passes on Olney's final drive in regulation, going 4-of-7 for 26 yards in the hurry-up offense.

Elwood knocked down a deep ball at the goal line intended for Eagleson on fourth-and-three.

"I thought about sending Chance out for a field goal but the honest truth is that when we got the extra point blocked (in the second quarter), I lost a little faith in our special teams," Music said. "Chance says he's good from 30 to 40 yards out and if we could've got five or 10 more yards, I would've let him try it."

Ian Miller totaled a single-game season-high 17 tackles (10 solo) for Olney. Anthony Helm (13), Kuhlig (10) and Hahn (10) logged double-digit stops as well.

News and notes: Minutes after Olney's thrilling win, the Tigers were already making plans to watch the IHSA playoff pairings show Saturday night.

"We'll get together to see who we play and watch film from this game," Justin Bailey said. "We have to get a lot better."

Cumberland was seeded 14th in Class 1A and will travel to third-seeded Carrollton for a first-round matchup.

Egleston and Shan lead Olney with four receiving touchdowns apiece. Keller and Miller are tied for the team lead in tackles with 83. Bailey has thrown 18 touchdowns this year and only four interceptions.

(Scoring summary)

Second quarter

O: (10:09) Nolan Shan (#14), 40-yd. pass from Justin Bailey (#12) (Chance Madden kick fail)

Third quarter

C: (5:25) Kole Butler (#48), 27-yd. pass from Monte Wolke (#4) (Wolke pass fail)


O: Zac Egleston (#8), 6-yd. pass from Bailey (Madden kick good)

C: Jonathan Duniphan (#21), 1-yd. run (Duniphan run fail)

(Olney individual stats)

Passing: Justin Bailey, 15-32-157-2TD

Rushing: Dirk Washburn, 9-41; Jordan Hahn, 14-40; Justin Bailey, 2-12; Mitchell Harmon, 1-0; Nolan Shan, 1-(-4)

Receiving: Zac Egleston, 5-34-1TD; Nolan Shan, 3-53-1TD; Nick Dobbs, 2-24; Ryan Eagleson, 2-21; Jordan Hahn, 1-15; Dalton Keller, 1-11; Dirk Washburn, 1-(-1)

(Cumberland individual stats)

Passing: Monte Wolke, 2-6-32-1TD-1INT

Rushing: Jonathan Duniphan, 29-84-1TD; Holden Elwood, 14-72; Monte Wolke, 4-6

Receiving: Kole Butler, 2-32-1TD

(Olney defensive stats)

Tackles: Ian Miller (10 solo, seven assists); Anthony Helm (nine solo, four assists); Jordan Hahn (seven solo, three assists); Tony Kuhlig (five solo, five assists); Dirk Washburn (five solo, three assists); Dalton Keller (four solo, four assists); Mitchell Harmon (six assists); Aaron Foerster (two solo, three assists); Ryan Eagleson (one solo, four assists); Ryan Bailey (five assists); Leslie Phillips (two solo, two assists); Gus Lathrop (three solo); Nick Dobbs (two solo); Dalton Waggoner (one solo, one assist); Devin Reeves (two assists); Justin Bailey (one assist)

Fumble recoveries: Nick Dobbs

Interceptions: Ryan Bailey

Sacks: Dalton Keller

Pass break-ups: Ryan Bailey (two)