Overstreet breaks record in Penney's win
By Jon Dykstra St. Joseph News-Press
Kellen Overstreet’s career continues on for at least one more game after a 68-47 Hamilton victory at Polo. He will have a couple new state records to his name after his performance on Friday.
After a Wiley Martin 43-yard gallop made the score 6-0 in favor of Polo, Overstreet busted loose for a 37-yard gain to give him the all-time Missouri state rushing record. He broke the record previously held by Holden’s Max Milam, who set the record in 2012 with 3,382 yards. With his 286 yards Friday, Overstreet now has 3,613 yards on the season.
Overstreet finished the first half with 257 rushing yards with four rushing touchdowns and the Hornets held a 40-17 advantage at the break. Those four scores were good enough to tie the state career rushing touchdown record that had previously been held by Archie’s Brad Hocker (1988-91).
“I knew I was getting close (going into the game to the records),” said Overstreet.
He put the nail in the Panthers’ coffin with an 80-yard kickoff return to open the second half. The ensuing kickoff was pooched and the Hornets were able to jump on it before Polo could.
Overstreet punched in the score from 2 yards out to make the score 54-17 and secure the touchdown record.
Overstreet finished with 286 yards on 29 carries and five scores plus the long kick return. He has committed to play football next season at the University of Wyoming.
“Hats off to (Overstreet) for working his tail off and ending up at Wyoming. He’ll be great there and he’ll be a key aspect because he’s a one-of-a-kind running back and he proved it tonight,” said Martin. “Sometimes I wish I could play with him somewhere, but wherever we go I think it will turn out good for both of us.”
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