MONETA, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Before Grayson Overstreet suited up for Staunton River, the Golden Eagles had just 4 playoff appearances in school history. Now in Overstreet's senior season, they've made three in a row.
He's has had a large hand in the rise to prominence. Grayson Overstreet is our latest Toyota Player of the Week.
"Staunton River never was anything, but we changed that today."
That was Grayson Overstreet following a state title game loss to Blacksburg back last December. Since then he's launched an all out assault on the Virginia High School League record books. His effort last week against Patrick Henry, a 259 yard, 5 touchdown performance in a 60 to 13 win, helped Staunton River polish off the school's first ever perfect regular season.
"I can't run the ball without my line. Some of the big boys were even sick Friday night and they stuck through it, battled it out. They opened up the holes and we ran between the tackles and ran hard," said Overstreet.
Staunton River Head Coach Chuck Poston said, "Obviously, he did a great job, ran the football really hard in between the tackles, good, hard physical running , the way we like to do it."
Overstreet is now the VHSL's all time leader in rushing yards with more than 8 thousand, points at nearly 900, and touchdowns. He'll go down as the Commonwealth's most prolific rusher, but Overstreet hasn't given the numbers a second thought.
"I've just had fun doing it. Honestly, I don't think about it. I don't look at myself as somebody who gets called that. I want the win. I want to play with my guys and being the most prolific rusher in the state, that means that we've got a good football team," stated Overstreet.
"I think he's done a phenomenal job and that goes to the way he's been raised too. He's humble and he's hard working and he understands that the reason why he's in the position he's in is because he's worked very hard and he's got great teammates that work hard with him and want him to be successful. He, as much as anybody, has embraced the family concept that we are all in this together," said Poston.
Overstreet and his teammates have re-written the narrative surrounding Staunton River football as he prepares to move onto college football at the University of Richmond next fall.
For the first time in a long time, he'll just play defense, projecting as a linebacker of defensive end.
Overstreet says,"I wish I could play both sides but I understand in college ball, not a lot of kids do play both sides but yeah, it's gonna be a new world."
"Grayson has also played defense since he's been here. He's not a one trick pony. He's a complete football player and that's what where he goes to school at, is gonna get is a complete football player. So even on the defensive side, if that's where he ends up, the ball will find his hands. I know what he is. I know he's the most prolific running back in the history of this state and hopefully, somebody else will figure that out too," concluded Poston.