Anytime Minco's Jacob Overton touches the ball, he's thinking touchdown.
The senior proved his mentality is for good reason during Minco's 43-0 rout over Wayne on Friday night, scoring three touchdowns to earn The Oklahoman's city-area high school Player of the Week.
“Whenever I get the ball I think I can score,” Overton said. “I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but when I get the ball that's always my goal.”
Overton displayed his big-play ability scoring on runs of 12 and 78 yards, and a 31-yard punt return. He rushed for 163 yards on 17 carries despite not playing offense for much of the second half.
“It felt really good to play well and get that win,” Overton said. “Wayne is one of our rivals so we took our preparation really seriously last week.
“Maybe we played with a little bit more fire because we really wanted to beat them, but mostly we just had fun preparing to play them. I think when you're having fun preparing you play a lot better.”
A standout receiver during his sophomore and junior seasons, Overton has spent most of his time at quarterback and running back this season.
“For us to be successful this year we need to use him all over the field,” said Minco coach Clint Warren. “We want the ball to go through his hands and Friday night we stuck to that plan.”
Warren says Overton devoted much of his workout time during the spring and summer toward becoming the Bulldogs' quarterback this season, a position he'd never played before.
“We're running the zone-read (option) stuff that everyone's running now and he does a great job of it as a quarterback,” Warren said.
Friday night's upset avenged a 46-12 loss to Wayne last season, and vaulted previously unranked Minco (1-1) to No. 8 in this week's Class A rankings.
“It feels good anytime you beat Wayne,” Warren said. “We know they were playing without their best player (running back Louden Johnson), but I'm not sure if he makes up that many points. What's most important is we played really well.”
The key stat for Minco through two games this season has been turnovers. After committing five in a 28-20 Week 1 loss to Dibble, the Bulldogs committed none in the victory over Wayne.
“We really stressed not turning the ball over and it paid off,” Overton said. “When you turn it over five times you're going to have a hard time beating anyone.”