Behind an offensive explosions of 48 points and nearly 600 total yards the Overton Mustangs claimed a share of the District 10-1A championship with a dominating win over the Union Hill Bulldogs.
The Mustangs finish the regular season undefeated at home, and prepare for a short week of practice. Overton will travel to Palestine on Thursday to face Region III District 9-1A runner-up Wortham.
Mustang coach Josh Barton praised his players for finishing the regular season strong.
“To overcome the obstacles these guys have faced, to buy into what that coaching staff is trying to communicate, these guys have come a long way in a very short time and I’m proud of them,” he said. “We’ve got another challenge ahead of us and it’s a challenge we look forward to overcoming.”
Line coach Rodrick Portley credited his players on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The “boss hogs” paved the way for a season high statistical disparity, holding Union Hill to less that 100 yards of total offense while rolling up 566 yards of their own.
“Seniors Greg Moore, Clay Martin, and Weston Gillis played well, and went out on senior night and just dominated the opposition,” he said. “But underclassmen Aden Williams and Seth Garrett had solid games as well […] it was a great effort.”
K.J. Luster played his last football game in Coach Chester Roy Stadium in spectacular fashion, rolling up just short of 400 yards of total offense and four scores. Passing 10-for-15 for 301 yards and two touchdowns, Luster also rushed 6 times for 79 yards and two scores.
With 7:49 in the 1st quarter Luster hit sophomore halfback Eric Hatton out of the backfield for a 31-yard touchdown pass.
On the next series Luster hit senior wideout Jeff Phillips to put Overton in first and goal. Jesse Roach bullied in for the score and Overton was off to a quick early lead.
Union Hill fought back, managing a score to make it 13-7 in the 2nd quarter, but a 68-yard kick return by senior H-back Alex Yancey swung the momentum right back in the Mustangs’ favor.
Overton’s 6-2 205-pound halfback Jamal Kelly rumbled for a 31-yard score that was called back due to a holding call on the far side of the field, but a couple plays later he bowled through the Bulldogs for a 16-yard score.
On the ensuing possession an interception by Phillips was negated due to a penalty but a pass breakup by junior linebacker T.J. Lewis forced the punt and Overton took over near midfield.
Tough inside the tackles runs by Roach, Kelly, and Hatton kept the Union Hill defense off balance, and when senior wideout Tre Thompson came sprinting outside on the end around he dashed 36 yards untouched for the score.
On the ensuing possession hard hits from linebackers Jesse Roach and Delsin Garner stalled the Bulldog drive, with a pass deflection from senior cornerback Tanner Rhodes forcing Union Hill to punt once more.
The Mustangs scored on the very next play when Kelly took the hand off 66 yards for a touchdown, only to have the run again negated by a penalty thrown from all the way across the field.
Runs by Roach and Hatton moved the chains, then Luster faked the hand off and found Phillips for 33 yards down to the 1-yard-line. A play later he dove in for the score.
Leading 35-7 at the half Overton score twice more.
In the 3rd quarter Luster bobbed and weaved through the defense before taking off down the sideline for a 64-yard touchdown run.
Then, in the fourth quarter, Luster hooked up with junior wideout Damion Dennis again for the score, this time from 59 yards out.
Overton’s soccer-style kicker Michael Phillips nailed the point after, making the final score 48-14.