MINCO — Over the past four years, Minco senior Jacob Overton has become one of the state's most accomplished playmakers.
The latest example came last Friday, when Overton rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries as Minco defeated Velma-Alma in the first round of the Class A playoffs.
The performance pushed Overton over 2,500 career rushing yards. That's an impressive milestone, but it's even more remarkable considering he's also reached 2,500 receiving yards over his career.
“I don't like to point that kind of stuff out or focus on it at all,” said Overton, who has played running back and quarterback as a senior after spending three years as a receiver.
“But when people bring it up, it does make me feel good about my accomplishments. I'm pretty proud of it. Those weren't easy yards. It didn't come out of nowhere, it took a lot of hard work and help from my teammates.”
Part of the hard work he's put in has come with adjusting to new positions. All the changes have helped fuel his passion for football.
“Playing the different positions has been pretty cool,” Overton said. “Being a receiver, I just focused on the route I was supposed to run. But (at running back) learning the blocking scheme, why we do certain things, and how that affects where I run the ball has been a great experience. All that has given me a much better understanding of football.”