The Georgia School for the Deaf Tigers played their hearts out Saturday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C., but came up just short, dropping an overtime thriller to South Carolina School for the Deaf, 28-22.

“It was a real exciting game, and it came down to who wanted it the most,” GSD coach Erik Whitworth said. “We had our shot in overtime and just couldn’t quite get it in, and that was the difference.”

Senior running back and quarterback Josh McTaggart had a stellar game for the Tigers, rushing for 216 yards on 29 carries and scoring two touchdowns. He also passed for 36 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion.

The senior back did all of this while playing on a hurt ankle.

Fullback Carlos Esprada also turned in a solid effort, delivering multiple key blocks throughout the game.

On defense, David Martinez finished with 22 tackles. Martinez also played tight end on offense.

“Martinez had a great game. Every time I tuned around I asked who had that tackle, and they would tell me it was David,” Whitworth said.

“I told the guys that we had to have a total team effort to win,” he said. “We played as hard as we could, but we didn’t have that little extra oomph we needed in overtime.”

With the loss, GSD falls to 2-6 on the season.

The Tigers return home next week for the final game of the season against Louisiana School for the Deaf at 2 p.m. The game also serves as GSD’s homecoming game.