ELGIN — After spotting Overton a six-point lead less than two minutes into the game, Elgin Public-Pope John roared back to defeat the Eagles 40 to 12 in the state football playoffs.
In the second-round clash, the Wolfpack again used a powerful ground game and some late defensive heroics to boost their record to 10-0.
On the game’s first play from scrimmage, Wolfpack senior running back Nash Schindler fumbled and Overton’s JD Callahan recovered on the 11-yard line. Four plays later, Andrew Alumit scored on a two-yard run to give Overton the early 6 to 0 lead with 10:20 left in the opening quarter.
Fumbles would be a problem throughout the game for the Wolfpack, but none would result in points for Overton. On the Wolfpack’s ensuing possession they marched 56 yards in eight plays to take the lead. The big play in the drive was a 33-yard run by Blake Anderson. At the end of the play he fumbled and Nash Schindler recovered the ball on Eagles’ 12-yard line. Four plays later, Anderson scored on a one-yard run. Nash Schindler’s two-point conversion made the score 8 to 6. From that point on the Wolfpack would never trail again.
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