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Steve Glasper's six-yard touchdown run late in regulation helped send the game to overtime, and Tyree Craft scored from 10 yards out in the extra period to lift Collins to a 28-22 victory over Carver Saturday at Gately Stadium.
An fourth-quarter interception by DeAndre Johnson on the Carver 14-yard line gave Collins (1-3, 1-0 Illini Heartland) possession late. The Warriors then marched 67 yards on seven plays, which was capped by Glasper's touchdown and two-point conversion run to tie the score at 22-22. Collins stopped Carver (2-2, 0-1) on four consecutive running plays to set up Craft's heroics.
Johnson caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Malik Brown in the first half, and added a two-yard scoring run early in the third quarter.
"This was a very big win for us," Collins coach Enoch Smith said. "We have some very young players and they saw today what happens when you don't give up. Today we did some growing up."
Carver coach Fred Ward said his team (seven turnovers, 75 penalty yards) was affected by the strike. "We were not sharp at all," Ward said. "The days off really caught up with us and the turnovers were really costly."
Carver was led by Paul Stigger, who gained 96 yards on 13 carries, and scored on a four-yard run. Malik Dillion and Rafeal Ortega each added a touchdown run for the Challengers.