Deceased NAHS graduate to be inducted into N.A. Sports Hall of Fame

Charles "Possum" Overstreet, remembered by some as a guard and defensive lineman on the teams of the late 1950s at North Augusta High School, is to be inducted posthumously into the North Augusta Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 9 during the organization's annual banquet.

This year's gathering is to be held Feb. 16 at the Wesley Center, at Grace United Methodist Church, starting at 6 p.m.

Overstreet, once described in a newspaper account as "accused of spending more time in the Richmond backfield than some ARC backs," went on to play for the University of South Carolina.

During Overstreet's high school career, North Augusta never lost a football game. He was identified as an all-state player throughout his career and earned that title in 1957. He was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl and named as the top lineman in the game that netted his South Carolina team a 12 -6 victory, with an audience of more than 20,000 people. Overstreet described the honor as his greatest.

He also played in the North-South game, again leading his team to a 19-0 victory as a defensive lineman, stifling the favored North team running backs and also blocking a punt.

He stood at 5-foot-10 and weighed about 170 pounds. Some attributed his success to very strong and quick legs. Despite his size, he could easily dunk a basketball by simply jumping up from beneath the basket. Offensive linemen were no match for his speed, as he could sometimes tackle a halfback as soon as he received the ball. His dominance over All-State player and future Auburn football coach Pat Dye earned him STAR Player of the Week honors against arch-rival Richmond Academy.

Not only a stand-out football player, Overstreet was a three-time state champion in the shot put, while participating for the Jackets' track and field team.

His play earned him the interest of many college football programs including the Citadel, North Carolina, Clemson and the University of South Carolina. Opting for the Gamecocks, he joined a group of North Augusta athletes in Columbia that had as many as five former Yellow Jackets on the field at the same time.

After his college career ended, Overstreet moved to Cullman, Ala., where he became a successful poultry farmer and continued his love of sports as a football coach.