BC Prep Game of the Week: Overland vs. A-West

Arvada- The Trailblazers just don't want to listen. Three weeks and three upsets. First it was #8 Grandview (8-3), then #3 Heritage (10-2), and now #5 Arvada West (10-3). Arvada West came into Friday night's game with the momentum of avenging their regular season loss to Pomona and winning without star running back <b>Jimmy DeAndrea</b> in the backfield. In a very ugly game, the Trailblazers won and advanced to the state championship game.

The Overland Trailblazers (10-3) advanced to the 5A state title game next Saturday for the right to play Ponderosa (11-2), a 14-0 winner over previously undefeated and #1 Mullen (12-1). Overland carried their upset streak at the North Area Athletic Complex Friday night beating Arvada West 17-7, creating four turnovers, blocked a field goal, blocked a punt for a touchdown, and totaling 300 yards on the ground.

Overland running backs Myles Hayes (20-140) and Maurice Cox (18-150) ran all over the Wildcats.

"We just finished," said Hayes. "Our defense carried us in the first half. We just held up and made the plays when we needed them."

The team motto for Overland this year has been "Finish." If their recent performances are any indication of what is to come, their team motto may just bag them the state title.

The first half was as ugly as the score 7-0 Arvada West. The only points coming on a 22 yard touchdown pass from Arvada West quarterback John Varner to wide receiver Tyler Loomis.

Overland was in Wildcat territory the entire half but three turnovers on five possessions thwarted any shot they had at scoring.

Arvada West would also shoot themselves in the foot by having a field goal blocked and Varner being crushed by Overland linebacker Tyler Joyce on the goal line as time ran out in the first half. The Wildcats grossly misused the clock twice in the final minute of the half, the first, waiting 26 seconds before calling a timeout on fourth down letting the clock run from 59 seconds down to 33 and the second, Varner staying in bounds trying to score in the final seconds.

Overland came out in the second half fired up. They drove into Arvada West territory before punting on their first possession. After Joyce sacked Varner for a 16 yard loss on third down, the Wildcats were forced to punt from their own endzone. Defensive back Jeff Peevey blocked Trevor Zott's punt in the endzone and defensive back Lavar Gill fell on the ball for a touchdown.

"This is the best we have played all year," said Peevey. "Special teams and defense carried us tonight. All parts of our game played great."

Overland place kicker would add a 31 yard field goal at 5:51 in the 4 quarter, giving Overland their first lead in the game they wouldn't relinquish.

The second sack of the night by Overland defensive tackle Howard Warford would force 4th and 14 deep in their own territory once again. Zott tried to run a fake off the right side but was stopped short of the first down.

Overland would take over on the Arvada West 32 yard line and an offsides penalty on 3rd and 4 gave Overland a 1st and goal from the nine yard line. With 2:22 left in the fourth quarter, quarterback Thomas Littleton would run straight up the middle for the final score of the game and a 10 point lead.

Overland head coach Tony Manfredi was a bit horse after the game and a little older after their first half. Coach Manfredi had this to say, "I hope we have one more in us. We are going to need another big game from our players."

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