On Friday night, the people of Minco know senior Jacob Overton for his abilities underneath the floodlights as he and the rest of the Bulldog squad continue to put together a memorable 2013.
And while the work done by the fifth ranked Class A team in the state continues throughout the week on the practice field and in the weight room, the focus for Overton, along with many other players, turns upward. The last thing a teammate says to him before leaving Wednesday practice after school: see you at church.
"First, honestly, I want them to remember I was a man of God, and secondly I want them to remember what I did on the football field," Overton said. "There's just not enough Godly examples out there, and that's what I want to be first and foremost."
His ambitions match the philosophy. Overton, a four year starter for the Minco varsity football team who hasn't missed a single game since he was a freshman, wants to be a pastor or youth pastor. He appears to be the prime candidate if Bulldogs head coach Clint Warren — who has known Overton since he was in eighth grade — is considered a worthy source.
"First of all, when you start talking about Jacob, what people don't realize is as great a football player he is, he's a better person," Warren said. "He's the guy that everyone would want their daughter to marry, and that's the truth. He's a hard worker, puts in the time, he's smart, he's a leader; I can't think of enough things to call him."
And he's definitely a very good football player. In his now three-and-a-half years on Minco varsity, Overton has accumulated over 3,000 yards of receiving and is fast approaching 2,000 yards rushing. He's even spent a bit of time at quarterback.