The Hurricanes blew past Jungle Cats Team One 7-0 in overtime following a defensive battle in intramural football action Monday at Essebagger Field.
MEDDAC’s Hurricanes had two scoring opportunities in the first half, but Jungle Cats’ Brian James intercepted passes on both drives just outside the end zone to thwart the Hurricanes. The teams ended the first half scoreless.
The defensive battle continued and as regulation time expired, the teams remained scoreless.
The Hurricanes won the overtime coin toss. On their first possession, quarterback Casey Osbey scored on a third-down running play. Anthony Neloms added the one-point conversion to give the Hurricanes a 7-0 lead. The Jungle Cats of 11th Engineer Battalion took their shot at scoring, but on fourth down, the opportunity ended on an incomplete pass in the end zone.
“(The chance to score a touchdown) was open all day, we just weren’t executing,” Osbey said about the overtime victory. “The line was pushing back, getting some drive on the defensive line so it opened up. I saw a hole out there and I decided to (go inside) instead of going wide out, I would cut it up.”
Osbey said the Hurricanes decided to go on offense first in overtime so it would put more pressure on the other team to score.
Hurricanes team captain John Spaulding said solid defense was the difference maker.
“Our defense has been our cornerstone for the whole season,” Spaulding said. “Offensively, we didn’t have a good game. We had opportunities to play, but we didn’t capitalize on them, but we were able to keep our focus.”
The Hurricanes remain undefeated at 4-0.
“It’s just another game — it doesn’t matter until we get to the championship,” said Hurricanes coach Phillip Moore. “We’ll keep working hard until then.”
Up next for the Hurricanes is 690th Medical Company at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Essebagger Field. The Jungle Cats finished their last game of the season Thursday, winning 27-0 over 690th Medical Co.