Poudre High School football coach Dan Reardon got sick of seeing No. 2 run into the end zone. He was there plenty Thursday night.
Austin Conway, a sophomore quarterback for Overland, accounted for 450 yards of offense and seven touchdowns in a 62-21 victory over the Impalas in front of about 2,200 fans at French Field.
The final touchdown for Overland came with 7:45 remaining and the clock ran from there because of the state’s 40-point mercy rule.
“He’s a dynamic player; we knew that going in,” said Reardon, in his first season as Poudre coach. “He’s a lights-out kid. … He’s the real deal. No doubt about it.”
Conway, 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, is indeed a dynamic athlete. He already has Division I basketball scholarships offers from the likes of Indiana and interest from teams like Arizona and Purdue.
He proved against Poudre he’s a heck of a football player, too. He rushed 22 times for 227 yards and the five scores and completed 10 of 15 passes for 227 yards and the two TDs.
“I don’t have 450 total yards without my receivers, without my line and without my running backs,” Conway said. “It’s a complete team effort … and we did great staying focused. We understood they were coming after us.”
Poudre, which was coming off a 45-7 victory at Boulder last week, was in the game midway through the second quarter. Trailing only 17-14 after an 87-yard kickoff return by Spencer Long, Poudre forced a punt after Overland was called for three consecutive holding penalties.
Four players later, however, the Impalas fumbled the ball. Two plays later, Conway hit Mallan Robinson for a 25-yard TD pass.
That was the first of three turnovers on three consecutive for the Impalas. Those three turnovers came in a span of just eight plays.
Poudre turned the ball over four times in the first half and trailed 30-14 at halftime. Another fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half led to another Overland touchdown. The rout was on from there.
“We felt good coming out of halftime … and thought we could go down and score and cut this lead a little bit,” Reardon said. “They got the ball back and they score instead. When you have a couple kids like they do who are that dynamic, you can’t help them.”
Poudre junior quarterback Cody Limmer completed 12 of 23 passes for 154 yards. He had two TDs and two interceptions. Dan Pinkston caught four passes for 47 yards and Long had a pair of catches for 43 yards and a TD.
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