ROLESVILLE — Rolesville’s football team scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Overhills, 41-16, at home Friday, Nov. 4, in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.
Overhills scored the first touchdown of the game about five minutes into the contest, but the Rams kept pace with the Jaguars from Spring Lake. Rolesville head coach Richard Shuping said the reason for the win was relying on the offensive line to execute on the field.
“For the past three or four weeks, we’ve been trusting our offensive line to get things done,” Shuping said. “Those guys have big shoulders and we put it on them. They have done a great job lately. They don’t get enough credit for the wins we have this season.”
On fourth and 10, Rolesville quarterback Myles Horne hit Tamarcus Cooley on a 25-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 8-7 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Horne found Jordan Monroe on a short one-yard touchdown pass to give the Rams the first lead of the night at 14-8.
Less than two minutes later, Overhills scored again on a short rushing touchdown. The Jaguars went up 16-14 after the successful two-point conversion, but those would be the last points Overhills scored for the rest of the night.
Midway through the second quarter, Horne threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Noah Rogers on a deep 42-yard play. Rolesville went ahead 21-16 and the rest was history from there.
“I knew my guys were better than Overhills,” Horne said. “I trusted them to make plays and they did. These guys are more than just great football players. They’re my friends. It’s fun to play with them every time.”
In the third quarter, Horne threw his fourth touchdown pass of the night to Rogera on a 27-yard play. In the fourth quarter, the Rams put the game away with a 27-yard jet sweep run from Dejuan Mickens and then a 64-yard touchdown run from Devon Thomas with four minutes left.
“It feels great to get a playoff win,” Horne said. “I don’t take anything for granted. I’m just going to keep working. Every time we’re in the red zone, we should score.”
Rolesville’s defense came up big in the second half, shutting down Overhills for the final 24 minutes of play. Shuping gave all the credit to his defensive coordinator Adam Thomas.
“Our defensive coordinator Adam Thomas does a great job,” Shuping said. “He gets the energy up for our guys. Our players came to life in the second half. They played with confidence. We made some great adjustments at halftime.”
With the win, Rolesville improved to 8-3 overall. The Rams will advance to the second round of the 4A state playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
Shuping said his team committed too many penalties in the second half against Overhills. He added that those will cost them against a tougher opponent.
“We have to play cleaner football,” Shuping said. “You can’t have penalties late in the game that can help the other team score. They’re drive killers on offense and drive extenders on defense. We can’t worry about what other people are doing. We have to focus on ourselves.”
Rolesville will play at Cleveland 7:30 Friday night. The Cleveland Rams are currently undefeated and ranked as the No. 6 seed in the 4A playoffs.