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Overbrook Rallies Last to Defeat Pennsauken

Saturday, October 31, 1998

By Art Redd
SJSports Staff Writer

This game started out to be a battle not against their opponent, but against the wind. The air attack was much of a success if you were throwing into the west side of the field. But when the winds died down, it would be the Overbrook Rams who stayed ahead of the Pennsauken Indians 34-25. The Rams stayed undefeated (7-0) while Pennsauken fell to 5-2 in this Olympic Conference Patriot Division game.

Cliff Horsey got his team into the endzone first when he scored on a quarterback sneak to put Pennsauken up 7-0 early in the first quarter. The quarter ended, and it was the Rams' turn to use the wind to their advantage. That's when Overbrook's senior quarterback Byron Brown got his chance. He connected with senior wide receiver Andre Cantey for a 47-yard touchdown reception to bring them within one. The extra point failed and that's how the half ended.


In the third quarter, the Rams took advantage of a turnover. Defensive back Byron Brown recovered a fumble and Joseph Wilson scored on a 19-yard run to put Overbrook ahead for the first time of the game. The 2-point conversion was successful by Nana Gillett-Spio. But this was Senior Day at Pennsauken High School, and Horsey showed what seniors were made of. He connected on two long touchdown passes to regain the lead. Both touchdowns Horsey threw were to senior Byron Coleman. The first touchdown was a 75-yarder and the other a 60-yard reception. The extra point attempts failed and the Indians were back up 19-14. Senior running back Jamison Young capped off the quarter when he completed the Rams' scoring drive with a 1-yard run. The two point conversion run was not successful, but the score at the end of the their quarter was in Overbrook's favor, 20-19.


The big plays continued for Pennsauken in the early stages of the final quarter. The home crowd had something to cheer about all day because of how their team stepped up against a tough Overbrook squad. Horsey completed his third long pass to Yamil Ortega and regained the lead, 25-20. This was a day of big plays and Byron Brown gave the Rams excellent field position when he returned a kickoff 76 yards. The Rams moved the ball down the field and then got a touchdown by Young to go ahead by one. Overbrook finally put the game out of reach when Wilson scored his second touchdown. Final score, Overbrook 34 - Pennsauken 25.

Photos by Art Redd

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