|High School Football:
Overbrook Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive
Saturday, October 28, 2000
By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer
In a game were one team needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Lenape Indians traveled to Overbrook High School in an Olympic Conference meeting. Lenape (5-1) were going into this game consider the clear favorites against the underdogs Overbrook Rams. With the regular season winding down, the Rams showed that they were not going to let their playoff hopes fade away in the wind. Jason Carr completed a halfback pass to Justin Thompson to upset the Indians by a score of 12-7.
Both teams were faced with running the ball this day with very high winds hampering the passing game. The defenses could sit back and wait on the run, if they could stop it. Overbrook, behind the running game of Khalin Sterling, got on the board first with a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. With the wind a major factor in this game, the two-point conversion attempt was no good and the Rams took an early 6-0 lead.
Overbrook was able to move the ball on the ground but could not finish their drives by putting points on the board. It was Lenape in the second quarter who would put together a drive to put them out front. Ian Moore caught a ball in the endzone from Dennis Morrone 9-yards out to take a 7-6 lead after the extra point attempt went threw the uprights.
Time was ticking away for Overbrook along with their hopes of staying above the five hundred winning record late in the season. Pinned deep in their own territory late in the fourth quarter, it would seem as if the Indians would be able to receive the ball and sit on another win. But the Rams coaching staff had other plans.
The Indians stopped the Rams offense on the first 2 plays by stopping the run. Faced with a third and long from their own 17-yard line, it was halfback Carr who took the ball a threw a short pass up the middle to Thompson who got free for the 83-yard touchdown. The two point conversion attempt failed, but the Rams (4-3) would hold on to the 12-7 lead and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Photos by Art Redd