While the score indicates a dominating performance over the Mustangs, most of the damage done was self-inflicted.
Overton (0-1) lost three turnovers deep in its own territory, each resulting in points for the Wildcats.
It was also a tough night through the air for the Mustangs, as signal-callers Austin McCasland and K.J. Luster combined for four interceptions.
The rushing attack was slow going early on, moving only in fits and starts for much of the game.
But the bright spot was the Mustang defense, holding the vaunted Cayuga offense to only 251 yards of total offense and zero second-half points.
Overton senior defensive linemen Shelton Rogers and Dylan Lantz harassed Wildcat quarterback Jake Nash all night, with Lantz forcing a fumble in the third quarter. Repeated defensive stops gave the Mustang offense numerous opportunities but the offense just wasn’t able to capitalize.
It was with less than a minute left in the game when the defense decided to take matters into their own hands.
Lantz knocked the ball loose from the Cayuga quarterback, with junior linebacker Forrest Lee racing it back 27 yards for a touchdown and dashing the Wildcats hopes for the shutout win.
Overton senior cornerback Zach Hennington intercepted two Wildcats aerials on the night, and senior fullback Shelton Rogers gained 54 yards on 6 carries while making seven solo tackles on the defensive line. McCasland led all backs with 84 yards on 13 carries.
The Mustangs visit Class 2A Union Grove at 7:30 p.m. Friday while Cayuga hosts Mount Enterprise in Bethel at the same time.