CASHION — Minco senior Jacob Overton was unstoppable on Friday night.
But despite rushing for 283 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries, Overton insists he isn't the main reason the Bulldogs cruised to a 41-12 victory over Cashion in a matchup of top 10 teams in Class A.
“I could've played better, definitely could've played harder, but really our offensive line is the reason we won tonight,” Overton said. “They did an awesome job. They've been great this year.”
Overton — who plays running back, quarterback, receiver, and defensive back — didn't just impress with his legs. He also threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Joe Mitchell, and added a late interception to help seal the win.
“This is every Friday night with Jacob,” said Minco coach Clint Warren, whose team improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in District A-3. “He just does it all. I say the same thing about how good he is every week, but he really is that good. I've coached for 23 years and I've yet to coach a guy who is a better winner than Jacob.”
Overton accounted for 350 of the Bulldogs 427 yards, scoring four touchdowns. His touchdown pass provided the game's best highlight.
After receiving a handoff from quarterback Hunter Jones, Overton rose up and threw a jump pass to Mitchell, who outran the defense the rest of the way to put Minco ahead 14-6 in the second quarter.
“It really wasn't a good throw, but (Mitchell) helped me out there,” Overton said. “It just worked because he was wide open. I should've thrown a better pass on that.”
Cashion (2-2, 0-1) got a solid performance from freshman quarterback Matt Harman, who was 19 of 29 for 222 yards and a touchdown. Harman did throw two costly interceptions, including one returned for touchdown by Minco linebacker Matt Atkison in the fourth quarter.
Harman's 65-yard touchdown pass came on the first play of the game to senior receiver Joe Neece, who had six receptions for 101 yards. But the Wildcats didn't have another play of more than 32 yards.
“We talk about the roller-coaster ride of a big game all the time,” Warren said. “We made that mistake on the first play, but our kids understand that stuff happens in big games. It's about making more of those plays than the other team, and that's what we did in the second half with the two interceptions.”