The Lions only scored on two big runs, from 50 and 56 yards respectively but, aside from that, were held in check by the Mustang defense – gaining less than 200 total yards.
Union Grove (1-1) attempted to control the line of scrimmage with a hard-nosed power rushing attack but Overton (0-2) answered in kind.
Senior linemen Dylan Lantz, Levi West and Shelton Rogers combined with linebackers Jesse Roach and Forrest Lee to hold the Lions scoreless through the first half. But Union Grove made their few opportunities count, while the Mustangs once again struggled to sustain drives over the course of the game.
Overton rolled up nearly 300 yards of total offense, but failed to crack the end zone despite good field position and offensive momentum.
In the final seconds before the half, sophomore quarterback K.J. Luster replaced a hobbled junior signal-caller Austin McCasland to lead the Mustangs to the Lion goalline. From less than 10 yards out, Overton was unable to break through in four downs and both teams entered the locker room with the score knotted 0-0.
Fighting back from an early high ankle sprain, McCasland paced the Mustang offense with 41 yards on 10 carries and 17 yards through the air.
Overton rolled up 286 yards of total offense, with 19 first downs, but three turnovers cost them time and time again.
Luster shined in moments, struggling in others, completing 5-of-10 passes for 54 yards with an interception and 16 yards on 4 carries. Roach and Derek Graham had two receptions apiece. Lee was the leading rusher for the Mustangs, with 52 yards on 12 carries, followed by Tyler Rhodes who ran five times for 45 yards. Rogers added 36 yards
Defensively, junior cornerback Tim Hawkins grabbed an interception, returning it 24 yards before finally being brought down. Seniors Alex Meadows and Dylan Lantz stood out defensively as well in the second half.
Overton plays Mount Enterprise Friday at a location to be determined.