WINSLOW — After being outscored 85-6 in its first two games, the Belfast Area High School football team wanted nothing short of a victory in its road clash with the host Black Raiders on Saturday, Sept. 17.

And the Lions came mere inches from doing that.

The Lions rallied from down 14 points to force overtime and had a chance to win on the final play of the game, but a mighty Black Raider stand at the goal line kept Belfast out of the end zone — and win column — as Winslow held on for a hard-fought, 28-27 extra-time win.

“I feel that our team played its best game of the year, as well as really showing resiliency being down 21-7 at halftime and outplaying them in the second half to force overtime,” said Belfast coach Art Fairbrother. “We had a chance to win the game on the last play and that’s all you could ask for is a chance to win.”

Wide receiver Kaden Bonin was a force for the Lions as he accounted for the team’s four touchdowns. He racked up 220 yards receiving and three TDs, while he also returned an interception for a score and added six tackles in an all-around sensational performance.

Those three TDs came courtesy of quarterback Eli Higgins, who had 250 yards passing, rushed for 45 yards and added a two-point conversion to go along with three tackles.

Tommy Littlefield led the Lions on defense with eight tackles, three of which came for losses.

The Lions trailed 21-7 at halftime before Higgins connected with Bonin on a 65-yard TD pass. After the missed extra point, Belfast trailed 21-13.

Later in the quarter, a Lion defender tipped a Winslow pass into the hands of Bonin, who returned it 30 yards for a score. After Higgins’ two-point conversion, the teams were knotted 21-21.

Winslow won the toss in OT and drove down the field for a TD and extra point to take a 28-21 advantage. Belfast responded with a scoring pass from Higgins to Bonin, but instead opted to go for the win via a two-point conversion instead of the tie.

Higgins was stopped inches short of the goal line as the Black Raider defense stood tall in the final play to secure the win for the hosts.