SHEPHERDSVILLE - Coach Rusty Luttrell felt there needed to be some changes made in the special teams game for his Overdale Chiefs.
Despite being undefeated and poised to claim its B Division championship, Luttrell felt it was time for a change.
Whatever changes were made, worked as the Chiefs capitalized on recovering two consecutive kickoffs to spearhead a 26-0 championship win over the Old Mill Bengals.
Going against a defense that allowed only 12 points and 178 total yards all season, Old Mill could only generate one first down the entire day.
In fact, the only time the Bengals appeared to score, on a 42-yard run by Mitchell Wurtsmith, it was nullified by a penalty.
“We respect Old Mill and coach (Bobby) Sullivan,” said Luttrell. “We knew it would be a tough game.”
The team, which amassed over 3,120 yards this season but didn’t have a 1,000-yard rusher, was locked into a scoreless battle until just before halftime.
Starting on its own 28 with 5:29 left before intermission, Overdale went on a 10-play drive.
Mario Convenuto accounted for 40 yards on the ground in five carries.
But it was a 21-yard pass from Evan Mooney to Peyton Luttrell that lit up the scoreboard with 1:04 left. Convenuto scored on the extra point run.
On the kickoff, Connor Hill picked up a fumbled return and ran 25 yards to the 5.
On the next play, Convenuto scored. With Mooney hitting Zachary Golab with the extra point, Overdale led 14-0 with 48 seconds left.
The Chiefs saw Hill recover another fumble on the next kickoff; however, the Bengal defense stood tall and stopped the drive at the 19.
Turnovers continued to hurt the Bengals. On its first play in the third quarter, Old Mill fumbled and Mooney recovered the ball. When Overdale had to punt, the ball was fumbled and Golab recovered at the 20.
After Jace Wilson got the drive going with a seven-yard pickup, Overdale pushed the ball across the goal line from the 1 when Convenuto scored for the 20-0 lead.
On only its second offensive play in the half, Old Mill was intercepted by Alec Lush. That led to a six-play scoring drive.
Golab had a 23-yard run and Convenuto added another 28-yard carry. From the half-yard line, Convenuto would account for the final touchdown and the 26-0 victory.
The long afternoon got longer as Overdale’s Lush recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. The Chiefs would get one more fumble recovery later in the game.
“It was a great season,” said Luttrell. “It was just one of those days for Old Mill today. They have a very, very good team.”
With so many talented players, Luttrell said the goal this season was to get as many weapons involved as possible.
“They play like a band of brothers,” said Luttrell. “They like each other and they play well together.”
Many were together to win a Pee Wee championship last season.
For the game, Convenuto led the way with 91 yards rushing, three touchdowns and an extra point. Golab had 32 yards on the ground and another 28 in receiving, including an extra point. Wilson had 12 yards and Noah Nida had seven. Mooney, who Luttrell called the best quarterback in the league, had two yards rushing and threw for 51. Dylan Embry carried for one yard.
Peyton Luttrell had 23 yards receiving and a touchdown.
On defense, Convenuto led the way with four tackles, followed by Golab with two and Zak Carter and Hill with one each.
Members of the Overdale Chiefs included: Sean Allen, Austin Atkinson, Hillard Basey, Randy Boggs, Zack Carter, Dalton Cloud, Mario Convenuto, Dylan Davis, Dylan Embry, Zachary Golab, Brady Hackbarth, Keelan Hall, Conner Hill, Mason Hill, Chace Hollan, Lance Johnson, Alec Kemper, James King III, Alec Lush, Peyton Luttrell, Evan Mooney, Preston Murphy, Noah Nida, Karson Reitz, Jeffrey Richards, Gabriel Rios, Shaun Sanders, Zachary Settles, Clayton Six, Matt Smith, Tyler Smith, Tyler Tipton, Bryson Vibbert, Jace Wilson, Josh Wilson and Aarron White.
Luttrell was assisted by Rico Mooney, Brian Richards, Rob Davis, Glenn Sanders, Scott Richardson and Steve Lush.
For the Bengals, it was a tough day at the office.
Chase Clark led the offense with 30 yards and Trevor Curtsinger had 28. Mitchell Wurtsmith added 21 and Daniel Mantel had six.
The defense was on the field for much of the day. Curtsinger led the way with eight tackles. Mantel had five and Jaden Millard had four.
Three stops were credited to Ty Hawkins, Jacob Shaw, Chase Clark and Mitchell Wurtsmith.
Team members included Tyler Bloyd, Chase Clark, Russell Cornett, Trevor Curtsinger, Trevor Dawson, Christian Everhardt, Maximus Gauthier, DJ Hammond, Adrian Harbin, Ty Hawkins, Jeffrey E. Kern, Christian Kummer, David Lawrence, Daniel Mantel, Jaden Millard, Codie Monahan, Danny Ray Napier Jr., Colin Preston, Austin Reynolds, Randy Riley, Ricky Riley, Jay Rucker, Jacob Shaw, Steven Bradley Taylor, Dewey Wisdom, Mitchell Wurtsmith and Adam Yokley.
Sullivan was assisted by Darren Hammond, Bruce Rucker, Ronnie Anderson, Chris Clark and Keith Eberhardt.