After beating Western Harnett two weeks ago, Overhills got another in-county rivalry win against Harnett Central at home on Friday.
SPRING LAKE — After beating Western Harnett two weeks ago, Overhills got another in-county rivalry win against Harnett Central at home on Friday, 44-20.
Overhills has won two of their last three games as they improve to 3-4 overall and 3-2 in All American Conference play with two weeks left in the regular season.
Jaguars freshman quarterback Jordan Bryant was 7 of 11, for 219 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Senior running back Joshua Hobbs had 11 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown, while wide receiver NyJuwan Pitts had four receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
Trojans quarterback Aiden Taylor went 11 of 18 for 159 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Junior middle linebacker Chris Gama and junior safety Kevin Lalin each recorded an interception.
Senior defensive end Damien Robinson had a fumble recovery, and he and junior defensive end Amaris Williams each had two sacks.
“If he (Taylor) don’t throw the ball, I’m gonna sack him– just like that,” Williams said.
The Jags had six sacks overall.
Overhills coach Kerry Bacon gave his defensive line a good grade for their performance.
“I give them an A-,” Bacon said with a smile.
“I’m happy with the entire defense, they played well.”
The game didn’t start off well for either team.
Both teams had a fumbled snap on their opening possession and both teams exchanged punts on their following possession.
Then, the Trojans (2-5, 2-3 AAC) got a rhythm running the ball with senior fullback Jaylan Burton, who got the start because junior running back Tay’Shawn Moore is in quarantine due to COVID-19.
Burton finished the night with 21 carries for 108 yards.
“I got to step in and do what I can do,” Burton said.
“I get as much yards as I can and get first downs for the team.”
Harnett Central coach Matt Migliore liked what he saw from Burton as well.
“I thought he (Burton) stepped in admirably,” Migliore said.
“We didn’t find out until Thursday that Moore would be out, so he got more reps in practice and I thought he played his butt off tonight.”
Marquez Jones finished with two touchdowns– one receiving, one rushing.
After the Trojans quarterback threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jones, senior safety Jesse Billingsley returned an interception for a touchdown to put the Trojans up 13-0 in the first quarter after a failed extra point attempt.
At the end of the first quarter, Overhills answered with a 59-yard touchdown run by Hobbs.
The home crowd was fired up and kept up the energy as the Trojans had either costly penalties or fumbled snaps.
The Jaguars defense also made things hard for the Trojans, either forcing turnovers or making good plays at the right time to prevent the Trojans from finding a rhythm again.
“We shot ourselves in the foot and when you give a team like that momentum, they capitalized on it,” Migliore said.
Coach Bacon loved how his team handled the adversity.
“We just kept everyone calm, stayed focus and played our brand of football,” Bacon said.
Harnett Central’s next game is at home against Pine Forest and Overhills is at home again against another in-county rival Triton next Friday.
Dallin Durrett is a sports correspondent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.