Published 5:12 pm Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Polk County High offense was poised near the Mountain Heritage goal line Friday night when a power outage delayed the Wolverines inevitable 41-19 victory over visiting Mountain Heritage.
That 30 or so minutes of darkness was about the only thing that has been able to consistently stop the unbeaten Wolverines (6-0 overall, 2-0 Western Highlands Conference) this season.
The Cougars took a 7-0 lead on a 60-yard sprint by Matthew Kardulis as the two teams began trading touchdowns in the opening quarter, which ended in a 13-13 tie.
But then PCHS reeled off 28 unanswered points behind senior quarterback Andre Overholt, who ran for four touchdowns and threw for another, effectively dismantling a team that appeared in last years state finals.
Its a great feeling we came out here and executed, said Overholt. I was a little nervous about how it would play out, but we came out here and did our thing and turned out on top, and Im thrilled.
Cody Orick scored on an 11-yard run in the first quarter after Overholt got PCHS on the board with a 21-yard run. Overholt added scoring runs of 15, 2 and 6 yards. He also connected on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Joel Booker just before halftime.
I was so pleased with the way we ran the football, said PCHS head coach Bruce Ollis. I felt like option football would be good to us, and it was very good tonight.
The Wolverines rolled up 260 yards on the ground with 197 of that total coming from Overholt, who also completed 7 of 10 passes for 160 yards with the touchdown and an interception.
The Cougars (4-2, 1-1) did most of their damage in the first quarter, but added a touchdown late in the fourth quarter following a PCHS fumble deep in its own territory as the backups got playing time.
Kardulis, who finished with 100 yards on nine carries, rushed for all three Cougar scores.
We beat a pretty good football team tonight, said Ollis. We got down early, but our players didnt panic and our coaches didnt panic, so thats pleasing to know that you can get down to a good team and come back and win.Polk Co. 41, Mountain Heritage 19
Score by quarter
Mtn. Heritage&bsp; 13&bsp;&bsp; 0&bsp;&bsp; 0&bsp;&bsp; 6&bsp; – 19
Polk County&bsp;&bsp; 13&bsp;&bsp; 14&bsp;&bsp; 7&bsp;&bsp; 7&bsp; – 41
MH Matthew Kardulis 60 run (Magana kick)
PC Andre Overholt 21 run (pass failed)
PC Cody Orick 11 run (Jacob Christiansen kick)
MH Kardulis 7 run (run failed)
PC Overholt 15 run (Christiansen kick)
PC Joel Booker 25 pass from Overholt (Christiansen kick)
PC Overholt 2 run (Christiansen kick)
PC Overholt 6 run (Christiansen kick)
MH Kardulis 6 run (kick blocked)
Rushing: MH Kardulis 9-100. PC Overholt 21-197, Orick 9-58, Joel Booker 7-32, Cary Littlejohn 4-18, T.J. Fincher 2-3.
Passing: MH Tyson Tomberlin 9-17-143. PC Overholt 7-10-1-160.
Receiving: PC Ryan Thomas 5-105, Booker 3-55.