CYFL Game of the Week: 12U Chocowinity Indians best Riverside in overtime

Published 1:54 pm Monday, October 16, 2017

WILLIAMSTON — Chocowinity bested Riverside for the second time in less than 24 hours. The afternoon after Southside beat Riverside in high-school action, the 12U Indians came out on the winning side of an overtime affair with the Knights.

Extra time was needed to decide the game after Chocowinity and Riverside finished four quarters of football deadlocked at 6-6. The Knights got the ball for the first overtime try, but immediately fumbled it away.

It was one of many turnovers as both sides struggled with ball security throughout. This time, though, the Indians were able to capitalize. Tequan Moore ran down to the 1-yard line on the first play, setting himself up to win the game two snaps later.

Chocowinity had to show resolve. Riverside nearly took command of the game in the early going after Jeremiah Speller scored with just over two minutes left in the first quarter. The Knights got the ball right back when Chocowinity couldn’t keep control of the ensuing kickoff, but the Indians defense responded by forcing a fumble of their own.

It was a tone that the Chocowinity followed through with for the remainder of the game. The Indian defense would be the game changer. Jamie Corprew weaved his way into the backfield and made a tackle at the beginning of Riverside’s first second-quarter series. Brayden Taylor gave the Knights forward momentum, but Jacori Blount halted it when he scooped up a fumble and took it back for the tying touchdown.

Chocowinity’s Hunter Rowe hits Riverside’s Jeremiah Speller, preventing him from getting outside.

That was it for the scoring until overtime. Chocowinity’s defense — led by frontmen like Corprew, Silas Pierce, Ahmed Privott and Nick Langley — was unforgiving. Riverside’s defensive front proved to be just as relentless, though.

The Knights’ defense bailed out the offense after it fumbled the ball away at their own 24. The Indians, looking to take the lead late, could hardly muster a yard against Riverside.

It all worked out, though. In a mistake-ridden game featuring two top-notch defenses, the last team to make a mistake is likely the team to fall.