GOLDEN | Behind a rare shutout, the Overland football team opened a second straight season with a win over Arvada West.
Coach Seth Replogle’s Trailblazers handled the Wildcats again to get off to a 1-0 start, but had a decidedly easier time Thursday night at the North Area Athletic Complex.
After a seven-point victory last season, Overland blanked Arvada West 22-0, posting the program’s first shutout since the opening game of the 2009 season — a span of 38 games — when it kept Regis Jesuit off the scoreboard under former coach Tony Manfredi.
Junior quarterback Austin Conway threw three touchdown passes on the night, two to Khalil Jenkins plus another to Andrew Tillman to complete Overland’s 16-point third quarter that blew open a game that stood at 6-0 at halftime.
Jenkins caught touchdown passes of 21 and 67 yards and led the Trailblazers with 101 yards receiving, while Tillman snagged a 52-yard scoring strike from Conway, who was 14-of-22 for 227 yards — with two interceptions — and also rushed for a team-high 86 yards on 16 carries.
Marc Soto connected on a 26-yard field goal to round out the scoring for Overland.
The Trailblazers’ defense blocked a field goal in the first half and set up two scores for the offense in the second half with turnovers.
Alijah Halliburton’s interception preceded Overland’s final touchdown.
Overland 22, Arvada West 0
Score by quarters:
Overland 0 6 16 0 — 22
Arvada West 0 0 0 0 — 0
Overland — Khalil Jenkins 21 yard pass from Austin Conway (kick blocked), 7:15
Overland — Jenkins 67 yard pass from Conway (2 point failed), 10:30
Overland — Marc Soto 26 yard field goal, 8:29
Overland — Andrew Tillman 52 yard pass from Conway (Soto kick), 3:30
Overland: Austin Conway 16-86, Ahjon White 22-49, Kevin Prosser 3-(minus 6)
Overland: Conway 14-22, 227 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Overland: Khalil Jenkins 3-101, Andrew Tillman 2-59, Brent Halliburton 5-36, Dominican Waynewood 2-26, AJ Roper 2-5
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