SHEPHERDSVILLE - In a battle between the two best teams in the league all season at the ‘B’ Division level, the Overdale Chiefs pulled out a stunning reversal of the regular season meeting as they beat the Maryville Patriots 28-19.
The Sunday afternoon championship game had a little bit of everything and was close throughout. In fact, Maryville pulled within 20-19 midway through the third quarter and were within a two-point conversion pass of taking the lead. At that point, Overdale put the ball into the hands of quarterback Logan James...literally. The Chiefs held the ball for the next 16 plays as they marched 60 yards. On each of the 16 plays, James either ran the ball (15 times) or attempted a pass (once). The back-breaking drive didn’t end until James scored from a yard out with 4:11 remaining in the game. The final outcome was decided when James’ pass to the endzone was tipped by one of his own players before being caught by Tanner Threlkel. The last Maryville hope ended when Chanse McKenzie intercepted a Patriot pass. It was a real reversal of fortune for the Chiefs who had lost to the Patriots 23-0 during the regular season. In fact, no team had been within 19 points of the Patriots during the season as they were 10-0 heading into the championship game. Late in the regular season, Overdale head coach Scott James started tinkering with a new offense in practice. It was a spread offense in which his son, Logan, would handle the ball most of the time. The coach kept the offense under wraps until this game. “We have been practicing the spread for the past four weeks,” James said. “We have not used it in a game until today. We tried to run the ball the first time we played them and we couldn’t run it. We wanted to divide and conquer and it worked.” Logan James ran with the ball for 138 yards and he also passed for 121 yards with five of his six receptions going to Threlkel for 118 yards. The first two Overdale scores came on 47- and a 33-yard passes between the two. The first Overdale score came on the 47-yard pass play, but the Chiefs missed the extra point. Maryville quickly answered on the very next play when Daulton Walls went 50 yards to the endzone. Walls then scored the extra point to put his team up 7-6. After the two north end rivals exchanged possessions, Overdale marched 68 yards in eight plays. The big play was the touchdown as James and Threlkel connected for a 33-yard score. The Chiefs then converted what would be a key play for the rest of the game when James connected with Cameron Burton for the two-point conversion from eight yards out after an off-sides penalty. The Patriots would not lead again in the game. Still, with 1:05 remaining in the first half, quarterback Ryan Henson combined with Nate Johnson for a 6-yard touchdown pass on a fourth down play. When Overdale stopped Walls short on the extra point, the Chiefs were up 14-13 at halftime. It really did become the Logan James show in the second half. When the Chiefs got the ball to start the second half, James went 19 yards on the first play from scrimmage and after a short run, he broke free up the middle for 22 yards and a touchdown. Maryville, battled right back, going 51 yards in seven plays. They were helped by a face-mask penalty and Walls converted a short fourth-down conversion. Later, Walls had an 11-yard run and the drive ended when Johnson went off the right side for 19-yards and the touchdown. The Patriots tried to move ahead, but the two-point conversion pass fell incomplete. That led into the 16-play drive by the Chiefs that put the game on ice. “We knew that they were better than when we played them in the regular season,” Maryville head coach Allen Downing said. “It’s a big time rivalry. They go to school together. “We knew it would be close,” the coach added. “We just didn’t execute when we needed too and they did.” Both teams finished the season with 10-1 records. This was also the fifth consecutive season that the Maryville program has been the in ‘B’ Division final. They are now 2-3 in those championship games. “They changed the offense from the first time we played them,” Downing said. “I told the kids they would throw it more. I thought they had to do that to be successful and they were successful.” For Maryville, Walls finished with 78 yards on the ground and had another 24 yards through the air catching the ball. Johnson rushed for 39 yards and caught passes for 12 yards. Henson passed for 36 yards total. On the other side of the ball, Johnson finished with 11 tackles for the Patriots. The team also got six stops each from Austin Harding and Walls as well as four stops from Trent Waltenburg and Derek Downing. James not only led the offense for the Chiefs, but he also led the team with seven tackles. The Chiefs got five tackles each from Threlkel, Ronnie Seay and Chase Harvey. Three tackles were credited to Cameron Burton and T.J. Akin. The team members for the championship winning Overdale Chiefs included: Tanner Threlkel, Derrick Lewis, Cameron Burton, Tanner Bishop, Jonathan Dodson, Ronnie Seay, Nathan Durbin, Tryson Vibbert, Austin Freeman, Jacob Waters, Matt Beattie, Chanse McKenzie, Logan James, Adam Brown, T.J. Akin, Logan Clark, Alyssa Blanford, Brennan Brewer, Travis Sparkman, Alex Beattie, Chase Harvey and Caleb McGiveney. The head coach for the Chiefs was Scott James and he was assisted by Kyle Wanket, Jason Lewis, Paul Threlkel, Eddie George and Chad Christman. The team members for the runner-up Maryville Patriots included: Andrew Ahl, Wyatt Blevins, Dylan Clark, Matthew Cummings, Dillon Deindoefer, Jonathan Dotson, Derrick Downing, Jake Frantz, Donnie Geralds, Devan Gibson, Travis Griffin, Austin Harding, Ryan Hanson, Zach Hutchins, Nate Johnson, Chase Morrison, Evan Price, Ryan Robertson, Trey Stallings, Dalton Walls and Trent Waltenburg. The head coach of the Patriots is Allen Downing. The assistant coaches were Kelley Noonan, Nate Johnson, Darrell Parker, Dakota Dotson and Paps.