When a play breaks down, Stony Point quarterback Kyle Overton knows where to look.
Overton and Tigers wide receiver Daelan Loyden spent an entire offseason working out together, so when Overton has to scramble, as he did multiple times Thursday against Westwood, he has a sixth sense where Loyden will be.
It paid off during Stony Point’s 31-17 win over Westwood at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex that kept Stony Point’s playoff hopes alive as Overton found Loyden four times for 143 yards and two touchdowns on his way to 331 yards passing.
“Daelan, he’s like my brother, we have a great connection,” Overton said. “We threw all summer together… he’s a dependable target and every time I see him he’s open, and even when he’s not open he has that ability (to make the catch).”
With Stony Point (6-3, 4-3 District 13-6A) trailing 14-10 midway through the second quarter, Overton found Loyden for a 32-yard touchdown after scrambling out of the pocket on fourth-and-11. The two hooked up again in the third when Overton rolled to his right, bought time with his feet, then threw a 21-yard strike to Loyden running across the back of the end zone.
“I told (Overton), ’Just throw it and I’m gonna go get it,” Loyden said. “We built that trust in the summer. I told him, ‘If you need a big play, I’m gonna be there. I have to make that big play. I’m that guy.’ And that’s what I focused on. I’ve got his back and he’s got mine.”
Kendall Thomas rushed for two touchdowns for the second week in a row, including a 6-yard run in the fourth that put Stony Point ahead by two scores, as the Tigers now enter their regular season finale with a shot at the postseason.
“I told our guys that we’re 6-3, and I’d like to be 7-3 and see where the chips fall with the playoffs,” Stony Point coach Craig Chessher said. “Next week (against Vandegrift) is a big game. We have to see what we did wrong tonight and get out there and compete and play well.”
Stony Point started the scoring on Ross Hinds’ 24-yard field goal to end the game’s opening drive, then the two teams alternated touchdowns the rest of the half, starting with Westwood quarterback RJ Martinez hitting Mohan Hegde for a 5-yard score.
The Tigers defense held Westwood (4-5, 2-5) to three points after halftime and forced three turnovers.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Chessher said. “We never panicked and our defense did a great job of holding them in the second half.”
Nate Anderson ran for 88 yards to pace the Warriors.
Tyler O’Bannon hauled in seven catches for 99 yards and Tyler Cleveland added 88 yards rushing for Stony Point.
“Our offense was kind of unstoppable,” Chessher said. “Overton is a great quarterback and Loyden is a great receiver, and I love that connection. … We actually stopped ourselves a lot with penalties, but we made some plays that heretofore we haven’t made. We have to find a way to mitigate our errors before next week.”