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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2018 3:30 am

Najeh Baker caught a two-point conversion pass from Demetrius Burns tying the game late in the fourth quarter.

South Dade had crawled although back from a 16-point deficit and appeared to have the momentum heading into overtime.

However, the Buccaneers were unable to score after regulation falling 33-30 in overtime to Palmetto in a pivotal district game for their first loss of the season.

“It’s tough especially being undefeated all year,” head coach Nate Hudson said. “When it comes down to a situation like that. This is part of the learning curve. This is one of those gut-checks to find out what we’re made of, but I’m extremely proud. We know it’s not the end of the season. We’ve got an opportunity to get that win back.”

South Dade (7-1) trailed 24-8 early in the fourth, but got three touchdown passes from Burns in the quarter to help send the game to overtime.

“It was a good feeling because we know once we get going, nobody can play with us,” Burns said.

The Bucs had the ball to begin overtime and picked up five yards on a run by Roderick Grissom down to the 5 on first down. The drive stalled with Burns throwing three incomplete passes into the end zone.

“We really felt like we had it especially with the fade back in the end zone,” Hudson said, “but give them credit, they made some adjustments. We fell short.”

Palmetto (7-1) won the game on a 25-yard field goal by Tyler Larco, his fourth field goal of the game as he recovered from missing a 44-yarder earlier in the fourth to jump into first place in Class 8A, District 16 with two games left in the regular season.

Despite the disappointing finish, Burns went up to each one of his teammates after shaking hands with the Panthers to keep them positive.

“I still feel like we’ve got 15 games in us,” Burns said. “One loss won’t affect us from going to states. We’re still working to go to the state championship.”

South Dade will look to stay in contention for the district title with a win over Southridge (6-2) on Friday.

“We’re going to put this one behind us an over-prepare for the Ridge,” Burns said. “We’re going to prepare ourselves perfectly. They play a lot of man so we basically have got to win our matchups and we’ll get the game.”

Burns completed 22 of 38 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns guiding the Buccaneers back into the game with fourth-quarter touchdown strikes to Frank Ladson, Trevon Sanders, and Demetrius Randolph.

“We still showed fight,” Hudson said. “If you want to be a champion, you’ve got to dig down deep and try to fight out. Nobody said it was going to be easy. I like the fact that they fought despite the position we put ourselves in.”

The Bucs’ offense was stagnant after Grissom scored on a 40-yard run on the second play of the game and the Panthers scored the game’s next 24 points over the next 24 minutes.

“They knew our weakness,” Burns said.

Burns’ 27-yard touchdown pass to Sanders pulled the Bucs within 24-22 with 6:50 left, but they were unable to complete the 2-point conversion.

Palmetto responded with a 6-yard touchdown catch by Kentron Poitier, his second of the game, for a 30-22 lead with 4:51 remaining. A botched snap on the extra point left the door open for South Dade.

Burns marched the team down the field ending with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Randolph with 1:35 left and then found Baker open in the end zone tying the game at 30 setting up overtime.

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