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Oklahoma high school football: How Minco came back to win with one play

Facing a fourth-quarter deficit, Minco needed to make a play if they were going to force a comeback.

That’s where Jackson Overton stepped up.  

After catching the snap, Minco quarterback Reed McMurtrey looked to his left to freeze the defense. He then turned back to his right and fired a screen pass over to Overton. 

The senior wide receiver caught the pass and burst through the middle of the field behind a block from his O-lineman. He made one move past a defender and then sprinted for the endzone for an 83-yard reception and Minco’s first score of the game.

Minco coach Brock Wardlaw said it was one of the “big plays” that led Minco to a 14-6 comeback road win over Dibble on Friday night. 

“He’s not a big guy but he’s very quick, very shifty,” Wardlaw said about Overton who finished with four catches for 98 yards. “Last night I think he was probably the fastest guy on the field and I think on that play, it showed.” 

After Overton’s score, Minco’s defense forced a punt. It sparked a long drive where they punched in another touchdown near the goal line that inevitably sealed the game. Wardlaw said he was impressed with his team’s fight to come back. 

“For the first three quarters we couldn’t get anything offensively,” Wardlaw said. “But our defense was pretty dang good all night. We just stuck with it and did our job defensively. We made a couple more plays in the end and I’m real proud of our boys.” 




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Minco football coach Brock Wardlaw talks with players during practice at the high school in Minco, Okla., Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Minco football coach Brock Wardlaw talks with players during practice at the high school in Minco, Okla., Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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