Jags edged by Pirates in 'old school' OT struggle

By DALLIN DURRETT
Sports editor
Posted 9/10/21

Head coach Kerry Bacon is still looking for his first win as Corinth Hills beats Overhills in a defensive battle in overtime 7-6. 

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Jags edged by Pirates in 'old school' OT struggle

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SPRING LAKE — Head coach Kerry Bacon is still looking for his first win as Overhills fell to Corinth Holders, 7-6, in overtime Friday in a defensive battle.   

There was a scoreless tie after four quarters. The overtime rules dictate that each team gets a chance to score from the 5-yard line. 

On the first possession of overtime, Jaguars senior running back Joshua Hobbs ran for the touchdown. 

When asked how it felt to score his first touchdown of the season, he said, “It felt good, but I can’t do anything without my (offensive line) ... I appreciate them." 

After Hobbs scored the touchdown, the extra point was blocked, which silenced the home crowd. 

“Somebody just came up the middle and blocked it. Didn’t execute well,” Bacon said. 

Then, the Jaguars defense had the Pirates at the 2-yard line on third down. All they needed was two more stops to win the game.  

The Pirates senior quarterback Isaiah Faulkner (as he did all night), ran the ball and powered his way through the end zone for the touchdown.

Junior kicker Jackson Hills made the extra point attempt to give the Pirates the win. 

Senior defensive captain Benny Nena knew what was coming on that third-down conversion. 

“I knew the quarterback was going to keep it. We just couldn’t get there in time,” Nena said. 

The Jaguars defense, for most of the game, did their part.

In the second half, they only gave up 51 yards of total offense and had a few sacks. 

The Pirates love to run the triple option. This means they love to run the ball whether it's the running back, fullback, or quarterback.

Coach Bacon was pleased with the defensive effort. 

“That’s old school football – lots of misdirection. Our defense shut them down tonight," he said.

"We dominated them up front, didn’t give up any big plays and took them out of their offense, and made them throw more than they wanted.

My defensive coordinator planned a great game tonight. It’s a very tough offense to stop."

Despite the Jaguars not scoring in regulation, they had their chances.

It was third-and-goal at the 2-yard line in the first quarter. The Pirates defense stopped the Jaguars' rushing attempt for an 8-yard loss, resulting in a fourth-and-10 play at the 12-yard line.

Instead of going for a field goal, they went for it and freshman quarterback Jordan Bryant threw an incompletion. 

In the third quarter, after a failed onside kick attempt by the Pirates to begin the second half, the Jaguars started with great field position.

After marching down the field for 38 yards, it was fourth and 13 at the 25-yard line.

Again, instead of going for a field goal attempt, they went for it and Bryant threw another incomplete pass to turn the ball over on downs. 

When asked why he didn’t go for any field goal attempts, Bacon responded, “We don’t kick field goals. We were at the 2-yard line and didn’t get it in. We got to put our players in better situations to be more successful.”

It’s been a tough start to the season for the Jaguars.

They lost 43-0 in their opener to South View on Aug. 20. Not to mention, the team had to be in quarantine due to COVID-19 protocols. 

“Not being able to practice, not being able to build camaraderie, not being able to get any consistency – which the offense needs since that takes awhile to build – it's hard," Bacon said. 

"We had google meetings with the kids, so they knew what to do. They played very well tonight, had tough luck.”

Coach Bacon was able to see improvement from the first two non-conference games. 

“Both games were a night and day difference. The heat killed us and we were missing four or five starters in the first game," he said.

"For this one, we finally got everyone back this game. Played really tough tonight. Just need to execute better."

Coach Bacon emphasized that the team’s two goals are to play tough and execute. 

Overhills (0-2) begins conference play at home next Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. against Terry Sanford. 

Dallin Durrett is a sports correspondent and can be reached at dallindurrett@gmail.com.

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