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Chiefs tight at start but finishes strong

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2013 Greater Bullitt County Youth Football Championship

By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Think about a team going the entire season without allowing a touchdown.

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And think about only allowing three first downs.

Those were the stats for the Overdale Chiefs in the A division of the Greater Bullitt County Youth Football League this year.

Going into the championship game a huge favorite against the Mount Washington Colts, Overdale players, coaches and fans may have been a bit shocked to see the Chiefs behind at halftime.

But head coach Rusty Luttrell went back to basics and his Chiefs came back to win the championship trophy by a count of 18-6.

“The kids were a little tight,” said Luttrell. “But we call them the band of brothers and they all stick together.”

It certainly helps to have 17 players who will be playing at the high school level next season.

That senior leadership helped avoid a major upset.

After Tyler Harris recovered a fumble for the Colts at midfield, Mount Washington got on the scoreboard with 1:23 left to go in the first quarter.

Quarterback Eric Murrill found Michael Page open and the combination accounted for the 50-yard touchdown. It was a play where the defensive player was in good position but the pass was perfectly thrown to Page, who made the catch and then outran the defenders.

The Colt defense kept Overdale bottled up the entire first half.

At halftime, Luttrell may have made his best speech of his 24-year career.

Receiving the ball to open the half, Overdale marched 72 yards on just three plays with Mario Conventuto accounting for the entire yardage. His final carry for the touchdown came from 3 yards out. This came after the first play which accounted for 49 yards.

After the defense held, the Chief offense was back in action.

Starting at the Colt 22 following a short punt, Conventuto ran for nine yards on two plays and Derrick Lewis ran nine yards to the 4. Zack Golab finished off the drive with the 4-yard touchdown run with 3:38 left in the third quarter.

Tyler Smith intercepted Murrill’s pass and returned it to the Colt 28.

It took just three plays to score. After Lewis gained four, Conventuto ran for 16 yards and the final scoring run came from the 8.

That would account for the final 18-6 score.

The Colts would get one first down in the game.

“We went back to the basics,” Luttrell said after the game.

With a few players banged up, Luttrell said he put the ball back into the hands of Golab and Conventuto most of the second half.

“We have a lot of offensive weapons,” said Luttrell.

On the defensive side of the ball, he said the key is that all the players work together.

“They’re best friends,” Luttrell said of his players. “They play other sports together and they all come ready to play.”

With many of his players moving on to high school next year, Luttrell plans to retire from his youth football coaching career. At least, that is the plan for now.

Members of the Chiefs include: Sean Allen, Austin Atkinson, Austin Breeding, Zack Carter, Dalton Cloud, Mario Conventuto, Dylan Davis, Dylan Embry, Zack Golab, Keelan Hall, Conner Hill, Mason Hill, Chace Hollan, Jimmy King, Dylan Lax, Jackson Leigh, Derrick Lewis, Peyton Luttrell, Dominic Marsillo, Evan Mooney, Hunter Mullinix, Noah Nida, Jeffrey Richards, Zack Settles, Clayton Six, Matt Smith, Tyler Smith, Tyler Tipton and Jordan Vance. 

Luttrell was assisted by Brian Richards, Scott Richardson, Howard Nida, Mark Six, Glenn Sanders, Eddie George and Ray Tipton.

For the Colts, Page had 23 yards rushing and the 50-yard touchdown pass from Murrill. Tyler Harris ran for 10 yards and Joseph Ridener ran for five.

Defensively, Clay Williams and Kody Duerk each had six stops. Harris and Page each had five. Chace Vires, Grant Hatter and Hunter Wood had three.

Bryan Skirvin had an interception.

For the Colts, team members included Eric Murrill, Tyler Harris, Michael Page, Joseph Ridener, Hunter Chapman, Bryan Skirvin, Trent Carey, Zach Smith, Hunter Wood, Adam Blanford, Chase Burkhead, Trent Carey, DJ Chappell, Kody Duerk, Tyler Harris, Grant Hatter, Stephen Payne, Tony Polichetti, Austin Smith, Evan Spurgeon, Jansen Thompson, Chace Vires, Conner Abnee and Clay Williams.