Overstreet powers Penney past Plattsburg
By Chris Bils The St. Joseph News-Press
A few minutes after the final whistle of Hamilton’s romp over Plattsburg in the Class 1 quarterfinals, Hornets senior running back Kellen Overstreet grabbed one of the pylons and started dancing.
While Missouri’s all-time rushing yards and touchdowns leader crossed the goal line plenty Friday night, he saved his celebrating until after the game. But for the Tigers’ defense, it must have looked like he was dancing for the entire first half.
Overstreet added to his storied high school career with another dominant performance to help power the Hornets to a 46-6 victory, moving them one step closer to another appearance in the state title game.
“We didn’t know what kind of situation we were going to run into, but our kids rose to the occasion pretty well,” Hamilton coach Dave Fairchild said. “We practiced hard and out in the cold all week long, so really tonight was pretty easy for them.”
The Wyoming commit carried the ball 27 times for 266 yards and five touchdowns with all of those scores coming before halftime. Plattsburg, who only had two first downs in the opening 24 minutes, had no answer for Hamilton’s bruising attack.
“We tried to devise a good game plan defensively and we thought we did,” Plattsburg coach Ron Musser said. “They just blocked people. (Overstreet) is an awesome runner.”
The Tigers’ (9-4) offense ran into problems from the start, when on the second play from scrimmage junior quarterback Daniel O’Connor saw his first pass tipped in the air and intercepted by Hornets (11-2) junior defensive back Telly Harper. It was the first of two picks by Harper in the game.
Hamilton took over from the Plattsburg 19 and took two plays — a 13-yard run and 6-yard scoring burst by Overstreet — to take a 6-0 lead with 10 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Plattsburg went three-and-out on its second drive, and Overstreet capped a four-play Hornets drive with a 47-yard touchdown run, making it 12-0 less than five minutes in.
Then, following another Plattsburg three-and-out, Hamilton went on a five-plus minute drive to go on top 19-0 after Overstreet punched in a 3-yard score with 14 seconds left in the first period.
The Hornets scored on every drive except their last in the first half, as Overstreet scored twice more on runs of 58 and 3 yards to make it 32-0 at the break.
If it was the final home game of Overstreet’s career — the Hornets await the winner of today’s game between South Shelby and Westran — he went out with a bang. The senior now has 3,951 yards and 61 touchdowns on the season.
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