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Wilmington wins in overtime

Written by: on Sunday, November 18th, 2012

by Mark Schaas of MSASportsNetwork.com

Cody Llewellyn scored on a 4 yard run in the second overtime to give Wilmington a berth in the District 10 Class AA Championship with a 10-9 victory over Greenville. The teams headed to overtime after a scoreless 48 minutes. The victory is the 271st for Hounds mentor Terry Verrelli, he becomes the all-time victory leader in the district.
Both teams kicked a field goal in the first overtime, freshman Casey Eells kicked a 20 yard field goal, Slavi Pontius hit a 21 yarder. Llewellyn scored on the third play of Wilmington’s second series. Greenville answered, on second down, Nick Black ran for 9 yards, Cody Nellis scored on the next play and it looked like the game was headed to a third overtime. But Eells had his plant foot slip on the extra point try, it never got the height needed to tie the game, giving Wilmington the win.
Verrelli was honored with a banner that will hang at Wilmington to mark the occasion. He said this team is just like his championship teams over the years, they work hard and are able to deal with anything thrown at them.
Tyler Donati led the way for Wilmington with 27 carries for 122 yards. The Hounds defense, known as the Hammer, held Greenville to just 5 first downs and 134 yards of offense on the evening. Wilmington is now 9-2 on the season, the Hounds will take on Hickory for the D-10 championship next Saturday night at Slippery Rock.
Neither team could get the offense going in the opening half. The Greyhounds could only move to the Greenville 35 on a Cody Llewellyn 6 yard run, but a personal foul against Wilmington pushed the ball back to midfield. Greenville did not enter into Wilmington territory, punting five times and gained only two first downs in the half.
Wilmington took it’s first possession of the second half and drove to the Greenville 12 yard line, the drive stalled and Slavia Pontius came on to try a 31 yard field goal from the right hash. Greenville got good penetration and 6-4 linebacker Matt Jones blocked the field goal.
The Greyhounds got the ball back late in the third quarter, driving into Greenville territory to start the 4th, Llewllyn hit Donnie Watson for a 23 yard slant pass to the Trojan 9, the Hounds took a false start penalty, from the 14, Josiah Bloise was hit in the backfield and coughed up the football, Zach Miller recovered and returned it to the Wilmington 33.
Greenville got a break, it looked like the Trojans would go three and out, but Tyler Fattman was ran into on his punt, the Trojans got a first down near midfield, the drive stalled out and Greenville was forced to punt. Both defenses stiffened and forced punts, Wilmington took over with 4:04 remaining in regulation, the Hounds got a Llewellyn pass to Watson for 17 yards on a down and out to the Greenville 37. Alex Patton was thrown for a yard loss, Llewellyn threw two incompletions, on fourth down, Llewellyn hit Patton on a low throw, Patton caught the ball one yard short of the first down marker and Greenville took over and ran out the clock to force overtime.
Greenville finishes 6-6 on the season. Head coach Brian Herrick was very emotional after the game, he credited his defense for a great effort and his seniors for getting the Trojans into this position.
Scoring Summary:
Wilmington Greyhounds 0-0-0-0-3-7 10
Greenville Trojans 0-0-0-0-3-6 9
First Overtime:
G: Casey Eellis 20 FG
W: Slava Pontius 21 FG
2nd Overtime:
W: Cody Llewellyn 4 run(Pontius kick)
G: Cody Nellis 1 run(kick failed)

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