CFNN Reporter Kamari Faison
Losing hurts, especially when you come up two points short. On Thursday, October 7th, the JV Colts traveled to Overhills High School to go to battle with the Jaguars. Cape fear fell just short, losing 18-16.
But the game shouldn’t have been that close. ¨Too many dumb mistakes” starting offensive linemen Trenton Westbrook said.
The Colts started off shaky with a fumbled kick return, taken back for the score. This put our Colts 6 – 0. However, they bounced back quickly with a touchdown pass from Jaylen Write to Kamari Faison, then managed a two point conversion. This put the young Colts up 8 – 6 early in the first quarter
The Jaguars and the Colts went back and forth with turnovers, which kept the score 8-6 going into halftime. The Colts started out the 2nd half with a touchdown run from Garret Snyder, Kamari Faison snagging a 2 point conversion. This put the Colts comfortably ahead 16 – 6.
Overhills refused to back down and responded with a touchdown, edging closer at 12 – 16. A series of mistakes by Cape Fear kept Overhills in the contest. Dropped passes, penalties and turnovers stalled every bit of momentum the Colts had.
The Jaguars were able to pounce on those mistakes, capitalizing and scoring again, giving them an 18-16 lead over the Colts late in the fourth quarter.
“We couldn’t get anything going. When our offense had a good drive, we would ruin it with a turnover,” said wide receiver and cornerback Christopher McDonald. “Our defense wasn’t able to get the stops we really needed when it counted.”
The Colts had one more chance to win the game after getting the ball back from an Overhills turnover. They started their final drive at the 43 yard line with just over a minute on the clock. After 3 incomplete passes, Cape Fear faced a 4th down and 10. Quarterback Jayelin Wright’s desperate heave on fourth and long was batted away by the Jaguar defense, and the Colts once more turned the ball over on downs. This gave the ball back to Overhills with twenty two seconds left, allowing them to run out the clock by taking a knee.
¨We gotta focus on a strong finish to the end of the season,” said Head Coach Derrick Johnson. “We still have a chance for a winning season, just have to go 1-0 each week for the next three weeks.¨
The young Cape Fear Colts will face The Jack Britt Buccaneers on Thursday, October 14. Come out to see if the Colts can get back into the win column!