Football: Overland outlasts Rangeview in overtime for first playoff victory since 2006

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Overland junior quarterback Austin Conway (2) races toward the Trailblazers’ crowd after scoring a 2-yard touchdown to give Overland a 19-16 overtime victory against Rangeview in a Class 5A first round state playoff football game on Nov. 1, 2013, at Aurora Public Schools Stadium. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Austin Conway’s return to the Overland lineup was far from perfect, but it helped deliver the program’s first victory in the Class 5A state football playoffs in six years.

Conway, a junior quarterback who had to sit out the team’s regular season finale, stretched across the goal line on a 2-yard run in overtime that gave the 19th-seeded Trailblazers a 19-16 victory over No. 14 Rangeview in a very tense all-Aurora 5A first round state playoff football game Friday night at Aurora Public Schools Stadium.

The touchdown was the second on the ground for Conway, who rushed for a game-high 148 yards and also threw a TD pass to Khalil Jenkins as Overland — which got another strong defensive effort from Tre Thomas and its defense — picked up its first postseason victory since 2006. The Trailblazers advanced to the second round, where they have a home game at Stutler Bowl against Centennial League rival Cherry Creek.

Freshman Max Gonzales scored both touchdowns for Rangeview, which rallied from a 13-0 deficit to force overtime, but settled for Taylor Thompson’s 21-yard field goal on its possession before Overland won it with Conway’s touchdown.

(19) OVERLAND 19, (14) RANGEVIEW 16 (OT)

Score by quarters:

Overland    7  6  0  0  6 — 19

Rangeview 0  6  7  0  3 — 16

SCORING

First quarter

Overland — Khalil Jenkins 29 yard pass from Austin Conway (Marc Soto kick), 4:49

Second quarter

Overland — Conway 8 yard run (pass failed), 7:25

Rangeview — Max Gonzales 1 yard run (kick blocked), 2:20

Third quarter

Rangeview — Gonzales 7 yard pass from Darien Odegard (Taylor Thompson kick), 4:12

Overtime

Rangeview — Thompson 21 yard field goal

Overland — Conway 2 yard run

RUSHING

Overland: Austin Conway 29-148, Ahjon White 17-75, Dominican Waynewood 2-4

Rangeview: Kietrich Griffin 17-118, Darien Odegard 8-32, Oscar Lorandi 5-31, Max Gonzales 6-2, Arealous Hughes 1-(minus 7)

PASSING

Overland: Conway 15-20, 152 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception

Rangeview: Odegard 9-16, 81 yards, 1 touchdown

RECEIVING

Overland: Khalil Jenkins 6-92, Waynewood 5-44, AJ Roper 3-13, Andrew Tillman 1-3

Rangeview: Hughes 3-53, Gonzales 4-15, Elijah Reed 1-11, Griffin 1-2

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