ETSN.fm 2013 Preseason Class A/Private Poll: No. 9 Overton
In his first season with Overton, head coach Josh Barton led the Mustangs to their first playoff berth since 2005.
The Mustangs' 7-5 campaign produced the most games Overton has played in a season since a 13-2 mark in 1995. Barton has only 10 of last season's 22 starters back, but among those 10 are playmakers who made a huge impact during last season's playoff run.
Replacing two-way star Jesse Roach and quarterback K.J. Luster are top priorities for the Mustangs in 2013, but Barton and Overton offensive coordinator Seth Drennan expect another two-way senior -- Jamal Kelly -- to have a monster season.
Kelly had 129 tackles, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries in 2012, but his offensive touches were limited because of a hand injury. Kelly will be the primary ball carrier this fall after rushing for more than 500 yards in only three games at tailback as a junior.
Damion Dennis, Eric Hatton, and Julian Herndon -- who had a breakout season in 2012 as a freshman -- should give the coaching staff the weapons to cope with the losses of Luster and Roach.
If Barton and company get quality line play, the skill position players are in place to put the Mustangs once again in the thick of the District 10-A Division II championship race.
ETSN.fm 2013 Preseason Class A/Private Top 10
- No. 9 -- Overton Mustangs
- No. 10 -- Harleton Wildcats