LAFAYETTE -- Acalanes quarterback Casey Harrington erased a nightmarish start with a miraculous second half, leading the Dons to an overtime victory over Hercules in their season opener.
Harrington's 7-yard touchdown to Robbie Stern with 37 seconds left, and his conversion pass to John Lauth, tied the game at 28-all, after the Dons had trailed 21-7 at halftime. In the final three minutes of the first half, Hercules turned two Harrington fumbles and an interception into touchdowns, the last blast a 95-yard return by Antwuin Prowes on the last play of the half.
Harrington also connected with Stern for an 18-yard touchdown, and scored on a 6-yard run when the Dons got back into the game by dominating the third quarter.
The Titans, leading 28-20, had stopped Acalanes at their own 7 when Solomon Clark sacked Harrington on fourth down, and three plays later, Eldon Baltzar's 54-yard punt put the Dons at their own 22 with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter. But completions of 24 yards to Lauth and 17 yards to Stern, followed by a pass interference, set up the tieing score with 37 seconds left.
The Acalanes defense contained Hercules, holding the Titans to 133 total yards and seven first downs.
Harrington passed for 169 yards. Peter Mitchell was the Dons' workhorse, carrying 27 times for 124 yards.