A-Town Game of the Week: Overland rolls past Smoky Hill to claim Wagon Wheel

Overland junior running back Jaion Colbert raises his arms as the referee does to signal his second touchdown during the Trailblazers’ 42-24 win over Smoky Hill in the A-Town Game of the Week on Oct. 20, 2016, at Stutler Bowl. Colbert rushed for 190 yards and three score as Overland retained custody of the Wagon Wheel traveling trophy for the third straight season. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

GREENWOOD VILLAGE | Wagon wheels used to roll over the Overland and Smoky Hill trails long ago in Aurora.

The Overland football team’s path to claiming the replica Wagon Wheel — the traveling trophy in the longstanding rivalry — also stayed exclusively on the ground Thursday night in the A-Town Game of the Week.

Overland junior Aron Tekle (56) raises the Wagon Wheel traveling trophy after the Trailblazers’ 42-24 win over Smoky Hill on Oct. 20, 2016, at Stutler Bowl. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

With zero passing yards, but 300 rushing, coach Seth Replogle’s Trailblazers won the latest meeting in the longstanding rivalry with a 42-24 victory at chilly Stutler Bowl. (Full replay presented by The Aurora Sentinel & StreamItSports, here.)

Junior Jaion Colbert racked up 190 yards rushing and scored three times and junior Donavan Carver recorded 60 yards and two touchdowns on the ground for Overland (2-6), which won its second straight game and improved to 2-1 in the Mount Massive League.

Sophomore Jalon’e Rice picked off a pass and returned it for a 70-yard touchdown for the other touchdown for the Trailblazers, who evened their record in the A-Town Game of the Week to 1-1 after a previous loss to Arapahoe.

Smoky Hill (0-7, 0-2 on A-Town Game of the Week) got two late touchdown passes from senior Karson Avila to senior Maurice Wyatt — the first a spectacular one-handed over the shoulder catch

Senior Joseph Lawrence also rushed for a touchdown and Evan McCleary converted a 23-yard field goal attempt for the Buffaloes.

Overland has now won 25 of the past 35 meetings between the programs.

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel


Score by quarters:

Overland     7  14  7  14 — 42

Smoky Hill  7   3  0  14 — 24


Overland: Jaion Colbert 24-190 (3 touchdowns), Donavan Carver 15-65 (2 touchdowns), Cameron Murray 4-41, Jalon’e Rice 2-6, Dasani Walker 3-(minus 2)

Smoky Hill: Demarius Pittman 2-33, Karson Avila 8-19, Joseph Lawrence 8-19 (touchdown), Ahjamond Johnson 2-3, Maurice Wyatt 1-1


Overland: Luis Ruiz 0-3, 0 yards

Smoky Hill: Avila 17-39, 209 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception; Pittman 1-1, 2 yards


Smoky Hill: Vernon Lewis-Stallworth III 4-74, Wyatt 5-58 (2 touchdowns), Pittman 5-41, James Bowers 2-34, Avila 1-2, Lawrence 1-2