High School Football

O’Fallon outlasts Belleville East in wild third quarter

Deonta Woods scored on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Christian Curtis to cap a furious O’Fallon Panther comeback and a 43-40 Southwestern Conference win over Belleville East.

The Lancers held a 23-14 lead at halftime thanks to a 40 field goal by Alex Maxim and a 30-yard fumble return by defensive lineman Dondi Fuller.

The third quarter was a shootout, however, as both quarterbacks passed for a pair of touchdowns.

Curtis connected with Chris Smith for 22 yards and Ronald Anthony for 31. East’s Kienen Waller — who had four touchdown passes on the night — hit Quantavious Alexander for a 63-yard score and DeCarlos Johnson from 10 yards out.

But Curtis tumbled in from a yard out as time clicked down in the third quarter and hit Woods for the game winner less than a minute into the fourth.

Belleville East (1-4) next faces Alton at home Friday at 7 p.m. O’Fallon (2-3), winners of two in a row, is at Edwardsville.