Wild Jaguars were on the hunt in Trojan territory on Friday night, pouncing on their prey and never letting go.
Overhills scratched one Harnett County win onto their record, and are hoping to win all of their cross-county rivalries this season.
The Jaguars totaled 421 yards on offense, rushing for 248 and passing for 173. They scored seven touchdowns, five rushing and two passing.
DeShaun Lewis scored three times on the ground, and Charles Sias and Quientarious Bryant ran for one touchdown apiece. Nasir McDaniel and Devin Palmer caught touchdown passes from quarterback Zion Gilliam.
Overhills head varsity football coach Mark Kirk said his team started out slow in their first game of the year.
“A lot of our kids are first year varsity players,” he said. “I’ve been telling them all week that it’s going to be a little faster than junior varsity. It took them a while to get out of the deer in the headlights look, but once they settled down, they understood the speed of the game.”
Kirk took his hat off to Harnett Central, saying they played really hard, despite dealing with depth issues.
“Defensively, we wore them down,” he said. ”We knew before the season that our defensive line would be one of our pluses. Three out of four started all of last year and one played significant minutes.” Kirk said if his defense has a weakness, it’s in its very young secondary.
Harnett Central started the game with a more than 50-yard completion down the right sideline. It was called back on a penalty, but they responded right away, with another over 25-yard pass for a first down.
On the next play, Trojans’ quarterback Hayden Smith was sacked for the first of nine times. The Trojans lost more than 100 yards on sacks alone.
It was very important that we try to get pressure,” Kirk said. “We felt they weren’t going to be able to run the ball against us. They’re pretty young up front.”
Kirk, his players and coaching staff watched Central’s scrimmages at the Harnett County Jamboree and watched their week one loss at West Johnston. If they are going through it, we are going to pressure them,” Kirk said. “That’s our defensive philosophy.”
The Jaguars coach hopes his team plays with more intensity at home on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Western Harnett.