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Chamberlain finds new star

Cody Overby catches two touchdown passes and returns a punt for another score.

MIKE READLING
Published October 30, 2004

TAMPA - For three years Chamberlain receiver Cody Overby has waited his turn to call the Chiefs his own. Three years of seeing plays scripted for more veteran players or faster players or running backs.

Now, with less than a month left in his senior season, Overby is finally becoming Chamberlain's go-to guy. Three years later he's the player who draws the oooh's from the crowd - not to mention the occasional groan - and has the ability to lead Chamberlain.

That's exactly what he did Friday night against Wharton.

Overby caught five passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns, then turned in perhaps the most electrifying play of the night when he returned a punt 52 yards for another score. The result was a 33-0 Chamberlain win and a night Overby has been waiting for since he was a sophomore.

"He is an outstanding football player," Chamberlain coach Billy Turner said. "The last four games he's just been outstanding. He has great hands and he's elusive in the open field. We're starting to script more plays for him now."

Friday Overby proved to be resilient as well.

His first catch was a 20-yarder down the left sideline, leading him to a hit which knocked his left shoulder out of joint for a second. Overby dove to catch his first touchdown three plays later, then returned to the sideline to receive brief medical attention.

"It happens during practice sometimes, this is the first time it's ever happened in a game," Overby said, wincing as he stretched his arm out.

As soon as the Chiefs got the ball back, the senior was right back on the field, reeling in a 22-yard touchdown, thanks in large part to a hard cut to his left.

While Overby was augmenting his reputation on offense, the Chiefs defense was taking advantage of a beat up Wharton team, holding the Wildcats, who came into the game with 10 injured players and left with 12, to 73 yards of total offense.

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