On the move

Overton freshman Shaun Garcia (31) takes a handoff from quarterback Cole Marshall during last Friday night’s game at Union Grove. Garcia scored a touchdown, but the Mustangs lost the game, 37-6. Overton (0-2) will try to change its fortunes this Friday when the Mustangs visit Carlisle (0-2), a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. (Photo by RONNIE SARTORS)

Overton has played two games so far this football season, neither at home, and both didn’t go the way of the Mustangs.

They get another challenge this Friday night, as coach Justin Arnold’s Mustangs (0-2) visit the equally-winless Carlisle Indians (0-2), a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

This is a Carlisle program that has set the standard in recent years in Class 2A in this side of the state. The Indians, long coached by Rocky Baker, are now coached by his son, Clay. They went 12-1 a year ago, an undefeated regular season and then two wins in the playoffs before being ousted.

But Carlisle has had double-digit win totals in four of the last five years. They’re not used to losing. But graduation hit the Indians hard this year, and then Sabine hit them harder: the Sabine team, on the other end of the spectrum with 19 starters back, smashed Carlisle in the season opener, 34-3, and then they lost to Troup, 33-23, last weekend.

Overton lost their opener on a neutral site (at Jasper) to Evadale, and then lost, 37-6, at Union Grove last weekend.

Arnold is in his second year in charge of the Mustangs, who have a very good tradition, just a couple of years removed from their last postseason appearance. They’re only three years removed from an eight-win season.

The Mustangs finally play at home at Coach Chester Roy Stadium next week, hosting Como Pickton, and then finish their non-district schedule at Boles (Sept. 27). They’ve got an open date Oct. 4, and then open the District 10-2A, Division II schedule at home against Detroit on Oct. 11.


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