Wolverines improve to 3-0

Published 6:41 pm Wednesday, September 8, 2010

R-S Central couldnt make it two in a row.

Polk County High School stopped the Hilltoppers winning streak in the series at one Friday night with a 35-14 road victory, avenging a loss from 2009.

In a sometimes sloppy game that featured nine turnovers between the two teams, PCHS got scores from all three phases of the game offense, defense and special teams en route to the victory. The Wolverines have now won seven of eight games against R-S Central.

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We need to convert better after we get turnovers, but we were able to score on defense, said PCHS head coach Bruce Ollis. But we did score on defense, and scoring on defense is a big deal.

Cody Orick capped the scoring with a fourth-quarter 40-yard interception return for a touchdown and giving the unbeaten Wolverines (3-0) a cushion.

Coming off a 56-0 victory over Brevard a week earlier, PCHS appeared headed on its way to another blowout after Joel Booker returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Orick added a 17-yard touchdown run in the first quarter as PCHS jumped out 13-0 before R-S Central (1-2) scored.

R-S Central quarterback Jacob Kinlaw broke through for the Hilltoppers with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Darrien Watkins, but the Wolverines, following interceptions thrown by Kinlaw and Andre Overholt, answered with a score before the half.

Tyler Ridings pick off of a Kinlaw pass gave PCHS possession at its own 37. Four plays later, Overholt connected with Ryan Thomas on a 13-yard touchdown pass. Overholt then connected with Booker on the two-point conversion try to put PCHS ahead 21-7.

Kinlaw added a 15-yard run in the third-quarter to bring R-S Central to within 21-14, but Overholt answered with an 11-yard touchdown run to extend the lead.

We went into our two-minute offense there, and we practice that a lot, said Ollis. Our kids never panicked, so Im very pleased with that. Scoring before the half created some momentum.