On the heels of last weeks mauling at the hands of a big and fast Class 2A squad from Union Grove, the Overton Mustangs look to rebound against Rusk County rivals Mount Enterprise.
The game will be played in the Wildcats new $3-million A. W. Phillips Stadium, kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
Overton comes into the game chastened by last week’s loss, overpowered on both sides of scrimmage by Union Grove’s big and senior-laden linemen. The Mustangs managed less than 200 yards for the first time in years.
The defense has their work cut out for them against Mount Enterprise, a team that is averaging 425 yards of total offense and paced by speedy senior halfback Hunter Ammons who is averaging nearly 200 rushing yards a game all by himself.
Overton matches up well with Mount Enterprise speed for speed, though the Wildcats boast a far deeper bench with a 46-man roster and 18 returning starters from 2010’s playoff contender. Mount Enterprise advanced to the Class 1A state finals before being turned away by Bremond.
“They’re a solid 1A team and I think we’re both a couple of young teams with a lot to prove,” said OHS head coach/athletic director Arthur “Bo” Talkington. “But we can’t get into a scoring contest with them, they’ve proven they can generate a lot of points very quickly.”
The Wildcats boast a deep stable of shifty ballcarriers who are able to turn any glimpse of daylight into big gains. Mount Enterprise is also more than able to move the ball through the air, with five passing touchdowns in only the last two games.
Overton must control the line of scrimmage and keep the Wildcat offense off the field in order to even stay in this game, as Mount Enterprise is heavily favored to rout the Mustangs en route to another playoff bound season.
“I think our last week’s loss showed our players how important it is to show up for each play, for each game,” Talkington added. “These young men have been working hard and I know they’re going to give a solid effort against a very competitive rival.”
MY PREDICTION: if Overton comes out and establishes a consistent running game, the Mustang passing game will open up and junior signal-caller K.J. Luster will pick apart the Wildcat secondary. Anything less and Mount Enterprise will run off with this one. I think it’s going to be the former and not the latter as Overton tames the Wildcats 27-20.