The Minarets Mustang Youth Senior squad (4-2) has played almost flawless football in recording victories against the Panthers of Parlier, 30-14, on Sept. 15 and another lopsided 36-6 win last Saturday against the team many thought would stand between them and a championship in the teams first year of organized ball, the Riverdale Cowboys.
The team's two losses were by a combined five points. Riverdale had only given up 52 points in four games but Mustangs led 20-6 at the half, and substituted heavily in the second half.
"Defensively outstanding and offensively we did what ever we wanted against Parlier," said coach Bob Tovar.
The team has a bye week this Saturday before returning to action Oct. 6.
The team leads the league in scoring with 213 points in six games, while surrendering 121. The team is quickly gaining a reputation as a very explosive team and only once this season have they not scored on their opening drive.
The coach's son, Luke Tovar, has scored 15 touchdowns in six games and is averaging about 175 yards a game on the ground.
The Mustangs have added the 'Wild Cat' formation to their bag of tricks, featuring back-up quarterback Jesse De La Cruz behind center as teams have started keying on Tovar. The back-up quarterback showed just how deep this team is in talent as he had touchdowns in the teams previous two games.
Starting quarterback Nolan LeForge is throwing the deep pass with pin-point accuracy and with 6-foot-2 receiver Tre Nickolulous and sure handed Christian Conti, along with DeLaCruz and Tovar out of the back field, this team has the ability to put up points quickly.
Due to the strength of his starters, Coach Tovar and his staff have had the opportunity to provide backups plenty of playing time. Back-up running back Chase Gauthier has emerged as a very capable ball carrier, scoring touchdowns in the teams last three games.
If there is one thing this team does well, it's spreading the ball around.
"The boys had a wake up call a couple weeks ago ... they really have stepped up the last two games and dominated ... I'm very pleased," said coach Tovar.
The Junior team is 3-3 and improving weekly, against the Cowboys the Mustangs scored two touchdowns as quarterback Cody Woolsey had two completions of 65 and 45 yards.
J.J. Cerenio ran for two touchdowns, a 65 yard scamper and another 45 yard carry. They lost 28-22 as time expired while they were driving at the Cowboys 9 yard line.
The teams travel to Caruthers Oct. 6. The Senior game gets underway at 7:30 p.m. and the Juniors kick-off at 5 p.m.
Note: On the way to a recent game a group of Avenal players were involved in a car accident and a young Pee Wee player, Evan Perez, was killed. Minarets purchased 300 wrist bands in honor of the player and to help raise funds for the family. Riverdale purchased 175 and the wristbands were sold them at last weeks game. The wristbands sold out in an hour and a half. The league raised $1,000 for the family.