Kenny Logan limped off the field Friday night, his ankle throbbing.

Virtually playing on one leg in the fourth quarter, Menendez's third quarterback of the season scored the go-ahead touchdown — his fourth score of the game — with 1:19 left.

Then he returned to the field on defense and helped stop Palatka's Jaylyn Session inches from the goal line on a 2-point conversion attempt with 33 seconds remaining to preserve the Falcons' wild 66-65 victory at Veterans Stadium.

"It's just a courage thing," said Logan, who was crowned homecoming king at halftime and then helped lead the Falcons (6-1, 2-1 in District 5-5A) to their second shootout victory in a row — they beat Clay 49-47 two weeks ago.

"We know we can battle anyone in the fourth quarter," Logan said. "This team has the will to push through. We all fought through tonight."

Perhaps it is ironic that Logan, Tye Edwards and Izez Hayward all started their Menendez careers as defensive players. The trio combined for 576 yards rushing and nine touchdowns Friday.

Edwards ran for 273 yards on 35 carries with two scores. Hayward, in his first extensive role as a tailback, rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries and added a pair of two two-point conversion runs. Logan ran for 135 yards and four TDs on 19 carries and completed 2 of 3 passes for 45 yards.

"We asked Izez to step into the role of running back," Menendez coach Kyle Skipper said. "At 6-foot-1, 245 pounds, you saw him outrun people. He's an amazing athlete. He ran back kickoffs, he played three-technique defensive end and he played tailback. With Kenny moving to quarterback, we need (Hayward) to run the ball."

With Palatka (3-4, 1-2) answering each of the Falcons' nine touchdowns with a TD of its own, neither team had an opportunity to take a breather, especially in a second half that saw the two squads combine for 74 points. It seemed like only the men in stripes could slow down the offenses. Both teams were called for several personal foul penalties. Menendez was flagged for pass interference three times. Holding, offsides and illegal blocks brought back large gains.

Further hindering the defenses were the teams' preferences for pooch and onside kicks, which did not lead to turnovers but did lead to a lot of short fields.

"We didn't want to kick to them and they didn't want to kick to us," Skipper said.

Palatka running back Jaylyn Session showed off a lethal combination of quickness and strength in running for 178 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries. Quarterback Mitchell McKinnon added 122 yards rushing and passed for 111 yards and three scores.

"It was a crazy game, just crazy," McKinnon said.

Neither team led by more than a touchdown until Menendez holder Cameron Bostian picked up a botched PAT snap on a planned kick and tossed a two-point conversion pass to Noah Gillan to put the Falcons up 37-28 with 7:48 left in the third quarter.

But the Panthers answered with a TD and 2-point conversion of their own.

Logan's 5-yard scoring run, following his 31-yard pass to Evan Davis, put the Falcons up 59-51 with 5:24 left.

The pass was short, and it appeared that Bostian turned around to catch the ball, but Davis came up with it.

After Palatka scored again on McKinnon's 7-yard keeper and Session added a 2-point conversion to tie the score at 59 with 3:02 left, the Falcons drove 66 yards on seven plays. Logan walked in from the 4-yard line, following his blockers. And Ricardo Bravo kicked his sixth extra point of the game to put the Falcons up 66-59 with 1:19 on the clock.

It didn't take long for the Panthers to score the potential equalizer on a drive that started at the Falcons' 49. Session ran three times for 33 yards and McKinnon hit Treyvon Williams with a 16-yard touchdown pass to pull the visitors to within 1 point with 33 seconds remaining.

The Panthers had gone for two most of the game, succeeding all seven times they tried, so it was not surprising they would try to win in regulation. Session took the handoff and met Logan and company at the goal line.

"I just knew they were running to the strong side," Logan said. "I just had to fight off my block. He was real close, but he didn't get the ball over."

"The referee told me the ball was at the guy's chest, at the 1-inch line," Skipper said.

The Falcons corralled one final onside kick to seal the victory.

"We really couldn't stop them tonight," Logan said. "But we did it when we needed to the most. We bonded together."