MOORE — Southmoore's offense gets plenty of accolades.
Players such as Tre Edwards, Karltrell Henderson and Jalen Adams and others on the roster are among the top playmakers in the city area.
Friday night, though, the SaberCats' defense came through in a big way, after Southmoore received an overtime reprieve.
In the end, Southmoore came out with a 33-27 double overtime win over Westmoore in the Southwest Showdown at Moore Stadium.
Westmoore was an extra-point away from winning the game in the first overtime after Southmoore missed its point-after-touchdown to start the period.
But the snap on the kick was slightly off, giving Southmoore's Tyler Painter an opening to disrupt the kick and send it wide.
“I don't know if he got a piece of it or not, but he's a kid that runs straight and doesn't care what gets in his way,” SaberCats coach Jeff Brickman said.
Painter suffered broken ribs earlier in the week in practice, making his feat even more impressive.
Then the Southmoore defense, which helped the SaberCats build a two-touchdown lead going into the fourth quarter, came up big once again.
With the help of a pair of Westmoore penalties, Southmoore held the Jaguars off the board and on the third play of Southmoore's double-overtime possession, Jaelon Walker carried it in for a 4-yard touchdown to end the game.
Southmoore called a sweep to Walker, but it moved tight end Jackson Stallings to the opposite side to draw attention.
“It's a great feeling knowing that they'd trust me with the ball in that situation,” Walker, a junior, said.
Walker also scored the SaberCats' first touchdown in overtime, on a pass.
But it was the defense that made the difference in the end, coming up with the big stop and forcing a pair of first-half turnovers inside their own 20 to end Westmoore scoring chances.
“Our defense is where it's at,” Henderson said. “They're the heart and soul of this team, and they bring the adrenaline for the rest of us.
“They showed that tonight.”
Westmoore (1-1) had been mostly penalty free throughout regulation while Southmoore (2-0) struggled with hold after hold, racking up 138 yards in penalties by the end of the night.
But the SaberCats were mostly clean in the overtimes, while five of Westmoore's seven penalties came after regulation.
“Penalties and turnovers killed us,” Westmoore coach Billy Langford said. “We've got to learn to take care of the ball.”
Westmoore trailed 21-7 in the fourth before coming back, finally tying it on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jhames West to Lexus Lee with 1:34 remaining to send the game to overtime.
Brickman kept the faith even when it looked like Southmoore was an extra point away from being done.
“I didn't want to call my timeout there because I wanted to save it for offense,” Brickman said. “Anything can happen, and I knew we could block the kick or force them to miss it.”