Jeramey Maynard’s right arm helped carry Grain Valley into overtime, and his legs gave the Eagles the final lift Friday night at Pleasant Hill.

Jeramey Maynard’s right arm helped carry Grain Valley into overtime, and his legs gave the Eagles the final lift Friday night at Pleasant Hill.

After the host Roosters opened the extra period with a touchdown, Maynard threw a TD pass to Tucker Pauley to pull the Eagles within a 28-27. Grain Valley coach Jimmy Tucker elected to go for the win, and Maynard made the gamble pay off, scrambling up the middle for the two-point conversion to give the Eagles a 29-28 win in a Missouri River Valley Conference thriller.

After taking the shotgun snap on the conversion play, Maynard spotted an opening and side-stepped to the right past Pleasant Hill’s Tully Byrne, the only defender with a chance to prevent Grain Valley from improving to 3-2 (2-0 MRVC).

“I hurried off the field (after the touchdown); I thought we would be conservative,” Maynard said. “But coach Tucker made his statement and showed he had confidence in us.

“We had crossing routes on both sides. As soon as I dropped back, I saw there was just one guy, that big 99 (Tully Byrne), and it was all heart.”

Pleasant Hill (3-2, 1-2) escaped to overtime when a 36-yard field goal try by Grain Valley’s Alec Velasquez drifted wide right on the last play of the fourth quarter. Grain Valley had driven from its own 33 in 11 plays after Dylan Ferrell intercepted a deep pass by Josh Griffith.

On third down in overtime, Griffith fired to Justin Morgan for an 8-yard score, their second touchdown connection of the game.

On Grain Valley’s first play of overtime, Maynard found Pauley for 15 yards. A stuffed run and false start penalty left the Eagles facing second-and-15, but after a pump fake Maynard had Pauley wide open in the end zone.

Those plays marked Pauley’s only two catches on the night, but for Maynard it capped a 30-of-43 performance for 415 yards in the Eagles’ no-huddle offense.

Tucker said there was no doubt about going for two in overtime.

“The rule of thumb is when you’re on the road, go for the win,” he said. “I knew we had playmakers. But I didn’t think we’d score on a scramble.

“(Maynard) missed a couple passes, but for the most part he played well, and he took care of the ball.”

Griffith, Maynard’s counterpart, had an impressive night as well, going 22 of 30 for 257 yards, as neither team amounted a consistent rushing attack.

On the game’s second play from scrimmage, Griffith lofted a 45-yarder to Hunter Melies, and he later hit Morgan from 3 yards out on fourth down to cap a 10-play drive.

Grain Valley countered two possessions later, when Zac Hoover turned a quick-hit pass into a 67-yard touchdown up the left sideline.

The Roosters blocked Velasquez’s 26-yard field goal try in the second quarter, wasting a 44-yard hookup between Maynard and Hoover. But twice the Eagles stopped the Roosters on fourth down in Grain Valley territory.

“Defensively, it was by far our best game of the year,” Tucker said. “They carried us until the offense got going.”

Those defensive stands merely would’ve kept the score at 7-all going into halftime, but Grain Valley landed an unexpected haymaker on the last play of the half.

Faced with second-and-24 from their own 42 thanks to a couple penalties – the Eagles had to overcome 13 flags against them – Maynard waited to throw a Hail Mary pass but had to avoid a couple pass rushers before finally flipping a short pass to running back Ryan Nace, who had stayed in for protection.

Nace picked up a block, angled toward the right sideline and got the necessary help downfield for a 58-yard score.

“Everybody was making plays tonight,” Maynard said.

Pleasant Hill bounced back after halftime thanks to some help from Grain Valley.

On the Eagles’ second possession of the third quarter, a fumbled reception gave the Roosters the ball at the GV 44. Griffith later threw an 8-yarder to Melies for the tying score.

A wayward snap on Grain Valley’s next play from scrimmage gave Pleasant Hill just a 27-yard field to cover, and four plays later Byrne blasted in from the 1.

Up 21-14, the Roosters got another short field when Pauley got stonewalled on fourth-and-inches from his own 44. But Brad Sodano’s sack to open the fourth quarter forced a field goal, which Brad Sherwood pulled to the left from 35 yards out.

Grain Valley then drove 14 yards in 80 plays for the tying touchdown. Maynard had fourth-down completions to Hoover (9 catches, 184 yards) and Farrell (13 for 123) before hitting Hoover for an 8-yard touchdown 7:18 left in the fourth.

Eric Jenkins had a pair of sacks for Grain Valley.

Pleasant Hill’s Melies caught nine passes for 160 yards, while Morgan had eight catches for 64 yards.