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Overton faced McGavock on the Raiders’s home field Friday, September 23 in a Region 6-3A game that McGavock opened strong in the first half but ended with Overton’s defense shutting down their opponent’s offense in the second half. Utilizing a variety of offensive weapons, the Bobcats scored 28 unanswered points for the 35-14 Bobcat win.

The Raiders hoped to use several advantages that playing at home on a big night like homecoming might have such as a huge crowd and plenty of alumni on hand to cheer them on.

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Sam Mast, (14) and Steven Lasoya (74) Overton FB @ McGavock (photo Austin Hensley)

However, a huge home field crowd would not stop the Bobcats in the second half.

In contrast to last year’s game that was played in buckets of rain,  Friday night’s game was a stunner of an evening that was perfect for football.

Game Story

Overton received the ball first after kickoff and like the last two games, they battled a miscue early.

This Friday night it was a delay of game penalty on the first down. Unshaken by the penalty, sophomore  quarterback, Sam Mast, marched the Bobcats down the field setting up Jose Bravo for a field goal attempt. However, the kick went just left of the goal posts.

McGavock’s reaction to the missed field goal was to drive down the field easily in six plays to score, a 15 yard rushing touchdown by running back Tamicus Napier. Dylan Makor’s extra point was good and McGavock was on the board first 7-0.  

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Overton’s Taverius Travis runs for one of 2 rushing TD against McGavock High School Friday, September 23, 2016 (Photo Austin Hensley).

Napier would score again early in the second quarter on a 5 yard rush. McGavock is now up 14-0.

Overton’s Taverius Travis cut the before the end of the half, scoring with a 2 yard rush to end the 2nd quarter 14-7.

“We came out in the 3rd quarter with a renewed focus on our game play which was to concentrate on winning one play at a time,” stated Head Coach Steve Williams in a post game interview. “We did that in the second half by scoring 28 points and our defense shut down McGavock’s offense.”
Mast started the scoring spree with a quarterback sneak into the end zone to tie the game up at 14-14 with 5:55 in the 3rd.

He soon struck again with his own 37 yard rushing touchdown to put the Bobcats ahead 21-14 with .57 seconds left in the third quarter. Travis would round out the rest of the scoring with two more rushing touchdowns, one for 9 yards, and one for 6.

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Despite the 28 points scored in the second,  it was Overton’s defense that shined like the stars in the clear evening sky. The Raiders were held to two first half touchdowns, and shut out in the second half,  while the Bobcats would go on to score 5 touchdowns overall. 

Defensively Chris Williams grabbed an interception that halted a McGavock drive at the end of the first quarter, Marco Johnson’s sacks and 3rd down tackles that forced the Raider’s to punt and DeAndre Archie’s two 4th down stops all led to great defensive performances.

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Overton’s Chris Williams, grabs an interception against the McGavock Raiders Friday, September 23, 2016 (Photo Austin Hensley)

Overton’s defense forced 4th quarter turnovers with an diving interception by Overton’s (#24) Eric Moore on the 4 yard line, and a Derrick Payne interception that closed out the game when McGavock had one more chance to shorten the margin. 

“We are a work in progress hoping to see improvement every week,” summed up Coach Williams. “We won’t rest, we have Mt. Juliet this week.”

With the win, Overton improved to 4-2, and McGavock fell to 1-5.

Coming Up

Overton comes back home for its Homecoming to face the 4-2 Mount Juliet Golden Bears.

Come early, tailgate! It is homecoming, so bring your parents and friends. 

Face painting and other pre-game festivities will be available Friday 9/29/16

 

 

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