It was, no doubt, a near thing.
For the Black Knights of Hempfield on Friday night in Berks County, it was also a frustrating one.
In the program's first game under new coach George Eager, it forced overtime, but ultimately fell to host Exeter 41-34 at an empty Don Thomas Stadium.
Gavin McCusker ran it in from 2 yards out on fourth down for the winning TD in OT, and Jacob Wolfe picked off Hempfield's fourth-down pass in the end zone to seal it.
For their part, the Black Knights were down 10 in the fourth quarter. But they stormed back in the last six minutes of regulation to tie it up at 34-34. They got a 7-yard touchdown catch by Thomas Minnich from Cam Harbaugh with 1:05 on the clock, and Spencer Biscoe's 40-yard PAT — after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty — tied it.
Biscoe had hit a 33-yard field goal with 5:46 left in the game to start the comeback. Biscoe also drilled a 25-yarder earlier in the game.
Tanner Hess had a big night for Hempfield, rushing for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns. And Harbaugh, making his first start behind center for the Knights, threw for 152 yards, including the TD strike to Minnich.