But after all of the moves and counter moves, Lexington High School had a playing piece Boiling Springs couldn’t checkmate.

Shaq Roland knifed through a seam on a two-point conversion play to lift the Wildcats (9-3) to a 22-21 victory against Boiling Springs in a 4A Division I first-round playoff game Friday night.

“When they came out after the first timeout, they were in a spread formation,” Boiling Springs coach Bruce Clark said. “We had our big package in anticipating they were going to run the wildcat. So we countered during our timeout. Then they countered.

“Our last words out of the last timeout were, ‘Don’t let No. 2 beat us,’ because we felt he was going to be in the mix somewhere. They were going to run the option there, but Roland kept it himself. He is a great athlete.”

While Lexington’s gamble to go for two and the win in regulation paid off, the Bulldogs’ gamble nearly 6 minutes earlier did not. When Boiling Springs’ 4-minute drive stalled just past midfield, the Bulldogs tried to convert a fourth-and-3 without senior back Tyler Leath on the field.

Leath injured an ankle late in the third quarter after rushing for 116 yards on 15 carries. He returned for only one 3-yard carry the rest of the way.

The fourth-down play came up 2 yards short, setting up Lexington’s game-winning drive.

“We left it up to the kids there on fourth down and they felt they could get it,” Clark said. “We had gone for it countless times during the year, but I take full responsibility for going for it.”

Boiling Springs (6-6) went 1-for-3 on fourth-down conversions against Lexington. The one fourth-down success came on a fake field goal. Holder Taylor Anderson connected with Shaquan Burney, who got behind two defenders in the corner of the end zone, for a 20-yard touchdown pass.

The play, with 6:18 left in the third quarter, gave Boiling Springs a 21-14 lead — the Bulldogs’ second lead.

The other lead came midway through the second quarter when Ty Garrett ran 17 yards for the Bulldogs’ second score. Hunter Cummins had plowed over from 4 yards out in the final minute of the first quarter to tie the game at 7.

“It just leaves a tough taste in your mouth to work your way back and get into the playoffs and feel like you have a chance to win only to have it slip away at the end,” Clark said.