Seventh-grade Ponies win in OT

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
As Iola Middle School’s Trey Colborn falls into the end zone with three Columbus defenders on him for the winning touchdown, his seventh-grade teammates celebrate. The IMS seventh-grade Ponies beat visiting Columbus 12-6 in overtime Thursday.

Iola Middle School’s seventh-grade Ponies and their counterparts from Columbus Middle School had to go in to overtime to decide the season opener Thursday.
The teams had played to a scoreless tie by halftime. Iola took the lead in the third quarter on a 62-yard touchdown run by quarterback Drew Faulhaber.
Up 6-0, the Ponies had held and held the Titans. But late in the regulation, Taylor Watkins scored on a sweep play to the end zone. Iola’s defense denied the extra-point attempt.
The Ponies weren’t able to get to the end zone in the remaining time in regulation and the game went to overtime.
Iola won the coin toss and elected to play defense first. Each team has an opportunity to score from the 10-yard line in overtime.
The Pony defense and a couple of penalties on Columbus held tight on four downs in overtime. The Pony offense took over.
Going right up the middle, the Ponies pounded closer and closer to the end zone. From two yards out, Trey Colborn bulled his way over the goal line for the win.
“The team played hard and physical and stepped up to make a stop in the overtime,” said Tim Seibel, IMS seventh-grade coach.
Faulhaber had 68 yards rushing for Iola. Colborn finished with 57 yards and Kaden Macha had 30 yards rushing.
Iola travels to Edna Monday to play Altamont.