SHEPHERDSVILLE — Head coach David Vorbrink had seen his Overdale Chiefs get off to a slow start this football season.
But, as the season rolled on, so did the Chiefs in Pee Wee division play of the Greater Bullitt County Youth Football and Cheerleading League.
But the Chiefs, the number two seed, reverted a bit and fell behind 6-0 at halftime.
However, in the second overtime period, it would be the Chiefs who would return home with the championship with a 12-6 victory over the top-seeded Maryville Patriots.
In the most exciting of the four games on Championship Saturday, Maryville jumped in front early.
Opening the second quarter, Maryville quarterback Andrew Hadley got the team into scoring position. From the 9, Hunter Hodge would get into the end zone with 5:46 left before intermission.
For much of the first half, Maryville was knocking on the door in the end zone but the Chief defense held.
On its opening drive, the Patriots had a fourth and goal from the 7 but Chief Brock Snead intercepted a pass.
In fact, the Chief offense was bottled up by the Maryville defense until late in the game.
Starting at its own 22, Overdale went on an 11-play scoring drive. The key play was a fourth-down pass from Zach Vorbrink to Owen Hackbarth. From the 14, it was Vorbrink carrying the ball five straight times, the final one with just 40 seconds left in the game from the 3-yard-line.
When the extra point run was unsuccessful, overtime ensued.
Overdale had the first possession from the 10 but could not score.
Maryville’s Hodge ran the ball four straight times but he came up one yard shy of the end zone.
In the second overtime, the Patriots got the first attempt from the 5. After advancing to the 2-yard-line, a illegal procedure call moved it back to the seven and the drive stalled.
Needing only a touchdown to take home the trophy, Snead carried it to the 1. On the third play, quarterback Corey Luttrell got the ball into the end zone for the 12-6 victory.
“You’re unbelievable,” said head coach David Vorbrink to the team. “In the second half, we had some guys hurting but you kept working.”
For the victors, Snead led the ground game with 23 yards rushing and had another 25 yards in return yards. Zach Vorbrink had 18 yards on the ground and also passed for the 16 yard connection to Hackbarth, who also had eight yards rushing.
Nathan Nida had nine yards rushing and Luttrell’s only yard on the ground was the game-winning touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, Snea, Vorbrink and Grayson Hill each had four tackles, while Beau Clark, Hackbarth and Luttrell each had three.
Clay Coomes and Brayden Snead had two tackles, while Jed Moore, Josh Slayton and Nida added one apiece.
Other team members include Zac Carter, Josiah Hartsell, Cameron Bryant, Hunter Reed, Dakota Centers, Devin Warford, Jake Gillenwater, Blake Harshfield, Jody Stewart, Kerry Hodge, Sage Vaughn, Matthew Bradley, Logan Spears, Bryce Saylor and Brayden Schmied.
Vorbrink’s assistant coaches were Mike Coomes, Paul Snead and Zack Burton.
For the Patriots, Hodge had a big day with 97 yards rushing and the single touchdown. Hadley added 30 yards, while Jalen Dunnavan and Ty Howard each had three yards.
On defense, Howard was the leader with eight tackles, with plenty of support from Hodge with seven and Justin Montgomery and Dunnavan with six each. Hadley was credited with four stopes, while Dalton Blevins, Austin Bauman, Boo Campoamor, Taylor Coy, Conner Dorsey and Isiah Thompson each had three.
Other team members included Kendall Chapman, James Howard, Gavin Wilcoxson, Brett Sizemore, Dylan Cox, Blake Barnes, Tanner Wilson, Andrew Druin, Dylan Bush and Conner Schoenbaechler.
Head coach Jim Hutchins was assisted by George Hodge, Ty Howard and Nate Cheek.