WESTMINSTER – An ugly first half somehow evolved into a second-half shootout Thursday night at North Stadium.
Unfortunately for Legacy’s football team, a few crucial missteps in overtime allowed Overland to close out non-conference play on a high note.
The Lightning had a field goal blocked that would have won the game in the first overtime, and an Overland interception in the second OT led to a 5-yard touchdown run from senior Jaion Colbert to give the Trailblazers the 40-34 victory.
“We did some really good things at times, and we had some guys playing in different positions because of some injuries,” Lightning coach Wayne Voorhees said. “But we’ve just got to execute in crucial downs. That’s what we didn’t do tonight. There were some crucial situations, and we made mistakes and didn’t get it done.”
Legacy (3-2) piled up 379 yards of total offense – 336 through the air – but the Lightning missed four field goals and had two passes intercepted in the end zone. Alec Lewis threw for 336 yards and a touchdown, and Ryan Lynch hauled in 10 catches for 198 yards and a score, both team individual game records. Brandon Wills rushed for 79 yards and two scores.
“Our offense definitely finds its rhythm, and when it does we definitely play a better game,” Wills said. “I hope we can find that in the future.”
The two teams were tied at 13-13 going into the fourth quarter before combining to score 42 points. Colbert rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns, and Luis Ruiz had touchdowns passes of 22, 40 and 79 yards on the night.
Colbert gained the bulk of his yardage in the second half after Overland made the ground game its focus
“They kind of wore us down. One of the things we were trying to do is keep the tempo up and wear them down some,” Voorhees said. “They kind of did the same thing to us. It was kind of a slugfest in the second half, and unfortunately we came out on the wrong end.”
Wills put Legacy up 27-26 with less than five minutes remaining in the game with a 20-yard touchdown run, but Ruiz found Jalon’e Rice open for a 79-yard touchdown strike to put the Trailblazers (3-2) back on top. Lewis calmly led Legacy down the field in four plays – including a 45-yard completion to Landon Sneyd – with Lewis capping the drive with a 1-yard run to tie it at 34-34.
In overtime, Overland turned the ball over on downs on its first possession, but Legacy’s 20-yard field-goal try was blocked. The Lightning got the ball right back, but Lewis was intercepted by Camwrin Harris two plays later.
That allowed Colbert to put the game away for Overland.
Legacy now turns its attention to Mt. Antero Conference play, with Regis Jesuit up first Oct. 6.
“We’ve got to focus on a league championship right now,” Voorhees said. “We know the league is going to go through Regis, and we’ve got to come out and play them tough.”
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Overland 40, Legacy 34 2OT
At North Stadium
Legacy — Brandon Wills 1 run (kick failed). Overland — Jalon’e Rice 22 pass from Luis Ruiz (kick blocked). Legacy — Alec Lewis 1 run (Riley Feddema kick).
Overland — Jaion Colbert 9 run (Malik Elgomati kick).
Legacy — Ryan Lynch 37 pass from Lewis (Feddema kick). Overland — Jalil Ridley 40 pass from Ruiz (Elgomati kick). Overland — Colbert 28 run (pass failed). Legacy — Wills 20 run (Feddema kick). Overland — Rice 79 pass from Ruiz (Rice pass from Ruiz). Legacy — Lewis 1 run (Feddema kick).
Overland — Colbert 5 run.
RUSHING — Overland: Jaion Colbert 33-186, Angel Mares 4-15, Vaejon Robinson 2-11, Luis Ruiz 4-(-17). Legacy: Brandon Wills 17-79, Dakota Key 9-37, Alec Lewis 12-(-44), Riley Feddema 1-(-29).
PASSING — Overland: Ruiz 8-25-2-200. Legacy: Lewis 17-29-2-336.
RECEIVING — Overland: Jalon’e Rice 4-131, Javon Thermidor 2-24, Jalil Ridley 1-40, Wendell Cole 1-5. Legacy: Ryan Lynch 10-198, Landon Sneyd 3-70, Noah Anderson 1-27, Owen Weber 1-21, Jack Smith 1-11, Wills 1-8.