Naim Bellamy and a gang of Fairmont defenders picked themselves off the turf while Ashley quarterback Chris Kane remained on his knees inches shy of the goal line.
The Golden Tornadoes' front seven made one final stop to preserve a 42-40 overtime victory.
"How far we've come from last week to this week was a day and night difference offensively," Ashley coach Tom Eanes said. "Playing athletic teams like that can be tough."
Ashley had two chances to win in regulation on a pair of field-goal attempts. Seth Kajewski was roughed on a 47-yard attempt, and the ensuing 32-yarder – with no time on the clock – was tipped.
"I really thought we could make it because he's got a good leg," Eanes said. "The ball was just a tiny bit high and it was all just a second off, and the kid got around the corner."
Jesse Jewell finished with 19 carries for 128 yards, while Kane added 71 yards and Anthony Andrews had 51. The Screaming Eagles (1-2) had the lead entering the fourth, fell behind, then forced overtime but couldn't squeeze out a win.
"Offensively we looked like we should … we were able to do some things and could have had a few more on the board," Eanes said.