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Gateway Ends Scoreless Drought, Overton Scores Three Times

Saturday, September 20, 2003

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

It’s never any fun going up against an opponent at the start of a new season that has dominated a conference for the past several years. Both Gateway and Haddon Township were faced with that task last week against their divisional champs from last year. This week they had the luxury of playing one another looking for their first win of the season. Each team would be happy to finally put some points on their side of the scoreboard, but it would be Gateway who would score more that the Hawks from Haddon Township. The Gators evened their record at 1-1 by posting the 41-16 victory.

Dorein Overton had a lot to do with Gateway making up for being shut out by West Deptford last week. The starting halfback was happy to run free through the initial line of defense and into the secondary in the second half of this game for big yards. The Gators scored four touchdowns in the first half and lead by twenty going into the locker room at the half. Haddon Township also celebrated scoring their first touchdown of the season by Zac Dayton.

Kevin Leamy got the game’s first points in the first quarter with a one-yard run. That lead expanded quickly in the second quarter when Walt Simcox scored from 17 yards out. Craig Nash converted the 2-point attempt and the Gators led by 14. Overton’s first touchdown of the game came on the defensive side of field. His 18-yard interception return for a touchdown put Gateway ahead 21-0. Dayton’s 65-yard reception and Mike Mahon two-point conversion right before the half put eight points on the scoreboard for the Hawks. Too much Overton in the second half finally put this game away when his 55 yard run in the third and 40 yard dash in the final quarter helped Gateway win their first game of the season.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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