Devils work OT

Devils work OT

Russell knocks off Simon Kenton in extra session

BY RAY SCHAEFER

FOR THE DAILY INDEPENDENT

RUSSELL Ethan Oborne held the football tightly with both arms.

And why wouldn’t he? Russell’s sophomore running back caught Charlie Jachimczuk’s two-point conversion pass in overtime that gave the Red Devils a 32-31 win over Simon Kenton at Ivan Mc-Glone Field.

“I’m hoping I get to keep it,” Oborne said.

The Red Devils’ 4-0 start is the best to open a season since a 7-0 string in 2007.

The hardest thing about Friday’s win was picking a single star because there was a constellation of them: senior running back Nathan Conley, who ran for 90 

yards, caught a 20-yard score from Jachimczuk, scored the overtime touchdown and intercepted a pass; Jachimczuk, who threw for two touchdowns; Mason Lykins, who intercepted a pass; and the offense that gained 361 total yards.

“If I don’t get to keep (the ball), I probably should give it to Nathan,” Oborne said.

After Conley’s 5-yard touchdown in overtime — he stiff-armed a Pioneer defender on the way — Russell coach T.J. Maynard didn’t hesitate. He was going for the win. “Let’s roll the dice,” Maynard said. “I’m a guy that always thinks about going for two. I don’t want to have a bad snap or a missed Jayden Lawson, who ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Chase Crone, who ran for a touchdown and threw for another.

Crone gave the Pioneers their first lead, 7-3, with a 12yard run midway through the first quarter, which Jachimczuk quickly followed with a 60-yard toss to Doug Oborne.

Russell’s defense struggled to contain Lawson. His 12-yard run created a 17-17 tie less than a minute into the fourth quarter, and he needed just one play to travel 10 yards around left end for the overtime score.

Conley moved into fourth place on Russell’s career rushing list. One of the most interested fans was older brother Nick Conley, now a senior at Georgetown College kick.

The flashiest play was “Sluggo,” Jachimczuk- to-Conley — because Conley outleaped a Pioneer in the end zone. Jachimczuk didn’t see the double coverage.

“I always consider myself a runner first,” Conley said. “I just saw that ball and knew I had to catch it.”

Simon Kenton (2-2) had its own mini galaxy: and No. 2 on the list. “I hope he catches me,” Nick Conley said.





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