For the third game in a row Overhills varsity football team found itself coming up a little short. This time it was the Bears from Gray’s Creek that rolled into Spring Lake and took the 37-16 win.
Gray’s Creek got on the scoreboard first when Overhills spotted them 2 points from a safety while trying to punt. Not long after the Bears added to their score when senior running back Andre Allen ran 85 yards for a touchdown. Allen had two rushing touchdowns on the night bringing his total to nine thus far on the season.
Overhills finally got on the scoreboard late into the second quarter when field goal holder Joed Caamono did a great job handling the snap and putting the ball in position for fellow senior Ethan Arney to connect for a 30-yard field goal. The kick cut the Gray’s Creek lead to 9-3 at halftime.
After each school’s band entertained the crowd during intermission, both team’s offenses woke up, combining for 41 total second-half points. The only problem for Overhills was 28 of those points came from the continuous rushing attack of Gray’s Creek. With a little over eight minutes left in the third quarter Allen scored his second touchdown for the Bears on an 8-yard run. Overhills answered back with a touchdown of its own when Quarterback Zion Gilliam decided to show off his arm strength. Gilliam threw Nasir McDaniel a 65-yard touchdown, giving the Jaguars team and home crowd some much needed energy and hope. McDaniel, a junior wide receiver, now has four touchdown receptions on the season.
Heading into the fourth quarter the score was Gray’s Creek 17, Overhills 10, and things were starting to get interesting. But all hope for the Jaguars was quickly forgotten when the Overhills defense gave up 3 more rushing touchdowns to the Bears which sealed the deal. The Bears saw Trevor Thomas, Trey Beckett and Cedrick McDowell all run into the end zone for touchdowns.
Gray’s Creek had five rushing touchdowns on the night by four different running backs. Andre Allen led the Bears running backs with 227 yards on 18 carries. The Jaguars did have one touchdown in the fourth quarter when Chance Shabazz caught a 29-yard pass from Zion Gilliam. Overhills’ Head Coach Mark Kirk said he was disappointed with his team’s inability to take advantage of some mishaps Gray’s Creek had, especially in the first half. Overhills falls to 3-3 on the season and 1-3 in the Patriot Athletic Conference, and will try and lick its wounds and bounce back Friday at Douglas Byrd.