Riverside stops Chapel Hill in overtime

CorrespondentAugust 23, 2013 

— Durham Riverside claimed a 17-14 come-from-behind high school football win in overtime on Friday despite five fumbles. The Pirates’ defense stopped the Tigers on a 4th-and-goal play for the victory.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our guys,” said Riverside coach David Hackney, whose team was 1-9 in 2012. “The last time we won here I was the wide receivers coach, so we know what this means.”

Riverside trailed 14-7 with 10:30 left in the game. The Pirates drove 64 yards on five plays that culminated in senior running back Joel Evans’ 3-yard run to tie the game with 4:14 left.

Evans had a stellar night, carrying the ball 26 times for 195 yards and both Pirates touchdowns.

“He’s special,” Hackney said. “He wanted to be a leader on offense and he did that tonight.”

The Tigers had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation after Coby Fisher recovered Riverside’s fifth fumble at the Chapel Hill 20. The drive stalled at the 6-yard line, setting up a 23-yard attempt by kicker Connor Albrecht that was blocked as time expired.

The Tigers won the toss in overtime and deferred. Chapel Hill’s defense pushed the Pirates backed from the starting 10-yard line to 4th-and-19, setting up kicker Micah Goodwin’s 36-yard attempt that just made it over the goal post.

Chapel Hill ran three straight running plays by senior running back Jeremy Peck (28 carries and 109 yards), and coach Issac Marsh said the fourth-down play was designed for Peck again. Instead, quarterback Grant Deselm tried a quarterback sneak that was stopped by Marcus Willoughby.

“Discipline was the key,” Marsh said.

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