DIAMOND — In their home opener, the Diamond Wildcats surrendered a 34-21 halftime lead and saw the Jasper Eagles come out with a 46-40 overtime win Friday night in Spring River Valley Conference play.

DIAMOND — In their home opener, the Diamond Wildcats surrendered a 34-21 halftime lead and saw the Jasper Eagles come out with a 46-40 overtime win Friday night in Spring River Valley Conference play.
Diamond senior quarterback Colby Housh got off to a much better start Friday than he did the previous week against Pierce City during that brutal 52-0 defeat.
Housh’s TD run gave the Wildcats a 8-0 lead with 2 minutes, 21 seconds remaining in the first, then he found Hunter Renfro for a 14-6 lead and connected with the fleet of foot Blake Drake for a pair of scores to give the Wildcats their 34-21 halftime advantage.
Jasper scored a trio of TDs in the third to go into the fourth ahead 40-34.
With 5 minutes remaining in regulation, Diamond tied it up but Jasper stopped the Wildcats on their two-point conversion and the score stayed 40-all until overtime.
Diamond fell to 0-2 overall and SRVC, and the Wildcats lost consecutive games for the first time since the 2014 season, when the Wildcats dropped four straight against Jasper (47-19), East Newton (34-26 in overtime), Pierce City (18-14), and Lockwood (56-0).
Diamond returns home in Week 3 for a showdown against Buffalo, who evened its record at 1-1 after a 59-0 win Friday night against Pleasant Hope.
Last season, Diamond lost a 34-33 heartbreaker against Buffalo. After that, Buffalo lost seven consecutive games and Diamond won six of its next seven games.