‘Stangs shutout by rival Carlisle

Riddled with injuries and playing their ninth straight away game the Overton Mustangs were unable to stop the Carlisle Indian warpath, falling 42-0 in District 9-A action Friday night.

Overton (2-7, 1-4) was playing without six starters, including standout freshman halfback Jamal Kelly, who is averaging 135 yards and two touchdowns per game this season.

The Mustangs were also without junior Forrest Lee and sophomore Jesse Roach, important two-way starters, as well as sophomore kicker Ryan Gonzales. Overton started no less than three freshmen on defense, with several sophomores thrust into action as well.

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nailing myself to the Church door

The last few days of October are a wistful time for many.

Golden brown leaves are blowing about, scraping across the pavement and over the thinning tufts of yellowing grass.

The nights encroach sooner, and cooler. With the harvest, so too do the holidays beckon.

However, I must confess that my thoughts are easily turned toward a certain German monk during this time of year.

An obscure and not a little bit pompous man with too much to say and too little restraint, it was on Oct. 31, 1517 when he casually walked up to a local church and nailed the “95 Theses” to the front door.

I am, of course, talking about Martin Luther.

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Overton grounds Cardinals 49-37

Down 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Overton faithful exchanged nervous glances up in the visitors stands of Maud Cardinal Stadium in District 9-1A action Friday night.

“Here we go again,” one fan muttered. It seemed the breaks would be against the boys once more, making for a long night for OHS students and fans alike.

That is, until the Mustangs suddenly exploded for 28 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 28-14 lead into the locker room at the half.

But there was still more fireworks in store.

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Arp company relocating to Overton

The  city council for the City of Overton approved a $50,000 grant from Overton Economic Development Corp. to ARPCO Valves & Controls for the company’s relocation to the 400 block of Texas Highway 323 East in Overton.

ARPCO will bring more than 25 jobs to the city, with 10 positions already filled by Overton residents, city officials said. The company’s current location is near Texas Highway 135 between Overton and nearby Arp.

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A “new” Masculine Ideal?

It may be considered bad form for a newspaper writer to cop to reading another publication, but I don’t mind fessing up to being an ardent devotee of the ol’ “Gray Lady.” I make time each weekend to greedily devour The New York Times.

Skimming over the fashion and arts sections, I tend to spend most of my reading on the harder news and views of the day. But this Sunday was something different.

In the “Style” section was a spread featuring the growing trend of fashion designers transitioning from frail boyish models, who have dominated the scene in recent years to something a bit more solid and masculine.

Guy Trebay, author of the article, explained that the current ebb in the economy has encouraged many designers to tap into the psychology of “work.” That is, many are ditching slim and youthful for strapping and even a bit grizzled.

Quoting remarks from the publisher of a popular men’s magazine, Trebay makes the argument that, in times of economic crisis, customers will often look for a brand that best represents stability and productivity.

Namely: strong male figures who look presumably like they hold a job and can provide a living for those in their care.

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Big Sandy pulls away from Overton, 40-12

If anything could go wrong, it did go wrong for the Overton Mustangs (1-6), who dropped their second District 9-1A contest to the Big Sandy Wildcats (5-2) Friday night at Sabine’s James Bramberg Stadium.

While the game was Overton’s homecoming, it had to be moved to Sabine due to the ongoing renovations to Coach Chester Roy Stadium.

Overton was hindered by injuries to leading rusher Forrest Lee (69 carries-398 yards-three touchdowns) and Jessie Roach, who is second on the team in tackles (64 tackles, three sacks), as well as sophomore kicker Ryan Gonzalez.

While upstart freshman halfback Jamal Kelly helped pace the Mustang offense early on by rushing for 50 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown in the first half, a leg injury would sideline him for the rest of the game.

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