Driven to win: Team success, not individual numbers, motivates Overholt

Polk County senior Dillon Overholt started at quarterback for almost two full seasons before moving to wide receiver to help the Wolverine offense.

Asked to give up the position he’s played for two years, to no longer be the focal point of Polk County’s offense, Dillon Overholt never hesitated in saying yes.

Which is exactly the response that head coach Bruce Ollis expected when he asked his senior quarterback to move to wide receiver prior to last week’s game at Mountain Heritage.

“The first and best thing I can say about Dillon is that he is a very unselfish football player,” Ollis said. “Given the change we made in the 10th game in moving him to wide receiver, he was ready, willing and able to make the change. He said, ‘Coach, I’ll do anything I can to help the team win.’

“He is the consummate team player. He does not care who gets the credit. He just wants the team to win.”

Overholt will look to help Polk County earn another of those wins on Friday as the Wolverines host Madison in their regular-season finale. Depending upon how the playoff brackets align, it could possibly be the final home game for Polk County’s senior class.

Overholt will again line up Friday at wide receiver for Polk, quite a change for the senior after both throwing and rushing for more than 1,000 yards last season and having a shot to reach the 1,000-yard mark rushing this season.

But it was a change that Overholt also supported because of what it meant for the Wolverine offense and the team’s shot at upsetting Mountain Heritage and making a postseason run.

“Coach Ollis talked to me about it and said he thought it might help open our offense up a little bit,” Overholt said. “I told him that whatever he thinks is best for the team, I’m on board with.

“I just like winning. I don’t care how many yards rushing I might have or how many touchdowns I might have as long as we win.”

That burning desire to win occasionally peeks through the calm and quiet demeanor that Overholt typically presents on the field. He punctuated a backfield tackle of Mountain Heritage quarterback Trey Robinson with a shout of “Let’s go” and double fist pump, a rare emotional display.

Overholt admits he prefer to let his actions, rather than words or emotions, guide his role as one of the team’s leaders.

“I try to lead by example on the field,” he said. “Sometimes before a game I might give a speech and say a few words, but I don’t like to talk much.”

His 74-yard touchdown reception at Mountain Heritage spoke volumes. So too have his 74 tackles and two interceptions on defense, where Overholt may be at his best.

“He means as much to us as any player because he never comes off the field,” Ollis said. “He’s a true ironman when it comes to 1A football. He’s also kind of an All-American guy. If you had a daughter, you wouldn’t worry the minute Dillon knocked on the door and asked her out.

“He’s never afraid of hard work. He doesn’t mind putting in sweat equity.”

Overholt’s only regret about his senior season is that there haven’t been more than six wins, and he hopes to bring Polk County a few more before he hangs up the blue and white for the final time.

He’ll then turn his focus to continuing to play the game he’s loved since he first stepped onto a field as an elementary schooler.

“I went out for football and I instantly fell in love with it,” Overholt said. “Being out there, having fun and playing the game I love, that’s what motivates me.

“I definitely want to play college football, and there are a few schools recruiting me. I want to play Division I college football for whoever will offer me a chance.”