DURHAM — The third time proved the charm for Northern Durham.
The Knights finally won an overtime game on their third overtime try of the season -- and their second OT game in five days -- in a thrilling 34-31 victory over Durham Jordan.
The win also ended Northern's three-game losing streak.
"This is a big load off my shoulders and the players," said coach Paul Rodio, whose team lost 30-27 in OT last week to Wake Forest-Rolesville. "We could have crumbled as a team, but we held it together."
Northern place-kicker Aaron Ferebee could have crumbled after having a point-after try blocked and missing a 25-yard field-goal attempt. But Ferebee put it together when it counted.
With two-tenths of a seconds left -- and after two "freeze" time-out calls by the Falcons (2-3) -- Ferebee nailed a 28-yarder straight through the uprights.
"[The timeouts] didn't bother me," he said. "I didn't look at the kick, I just watched the ball."
The field goal capped a 12-play, 71-yard drive that began with 3:08 remaining.
The Knights (2-3) carried that momentum into overtime, where each team takes possession at the opponent's 10. Jordan scored first, ironically with a 28-yarder by Steven Yun.
Northern needed only two plays before running back Jequan Giles scampered in from the 9 for the win.
Giles, who ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns, said the team was tired but determined.
"The four-day turnaround had us all tired, but it's just good to get the monkey off our backs," he said. "I was determined to win this game. I wasn't going to let us lose."
Northern overcame a horrible first quarter. The Knights lost two fumbles, one of which resulted in a touchdown, and a special teams breakdown allowed Jordan's Arthur Affleck to run back a punt 71 yards for another touchdown.