Overstreet runs wild in Penney win

By Chris Schoonover The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: August 22, 2014 - 10:56 PM

Last season, Kellen Overstreet emerged as one of the top running backs in the state and with his performance against South Hamilton, he does not seem to be letting up.

Led by Overstreet’s 428 yards and five touchdowns, Class 1's No. 3-ranked Hornets opened their season with a 35-28 win over South Harrison at Alumni Field.

“You try not to think about last year,” Overstreet said. “You just go in and play your best and try to get the win.”

The senior running back and future Wyoming Cowboy took his first carry 62 yards to the house for the game’s first score.

South Harrison would answer with a different looking drive than Hamilton’s, but it would end with the same result. 

The Bulldogs pieced together a nine-play, 50-yard drive, capped off by a four-yard touchdown scramble by junior running back J.D. Johnson, who finished with a pair of touchdowns and 71 yards on a team-high 18 carries.

With the failed PAT by Hamilton, South Harrison capitalized by converting on its two-point try to take an 8-6 lead.

After trading punts, Hamilton rode its workhorse for a 12-play drive — nine rushes by Overstreet — culminating with a six-yard score for the All-State running back.

South Harrison (0-1) scored two drives later on a three-yard counter by Johnson. The two-point conversion wasn't successful, and South Harrison led the Hornets at halftime 14-12.

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