The Minarets Senior Youth Mustangs (5--2) traveled to Fresno Christian (0-5) last Saturday and came home with a 26-6 victory.
Seeing limited duty at running back, Luke Tovar scored his 16th. Luke Pritchett intercepted a pass for a touchdown and Dylan Sheets, Michael Rendon and Christian Conti also scored for the Mustangs.
In just their first year of organized ball, the Mustangs are proving to be the team to beat in the Central Valley section.
"We have a great combination of athletes and are deep in talent," said head coach Bob Tovar.
The Junior squad (4-4) dominated Fresno Christian in a 49-6 win. The week before, Minarets football was almost swept by Caruthers as the high school varsity and JV teams lost on Oct. 5 as did two of the Minarets youth teams on Oct. 6. It was the youth Senior team, led by Luke Tovar, that kept the program from being swept by Caruthers.
The talented running back introduced himself by way of a 56 yard cutback touchdown on the Mustangs first possession, in route to a 45-24 stampeding of the senior Blue Raiders (4-2) Before the evening was over, Tovar added a 36 yard pass reception for a touchdown and another 40 yard scamper to the endzone. Tovar also made his presence known on defense causing a fumble early in the game and intercepting a pass late in the fourth quarter.
Tovar wasn't the only threat for the Mustangs. Quarterback Nolan LeForge spread the ball around with touchdown passes to Jesse DeLa Cruz, a nine yard reception, Tre Nicolulous, a 21 yard completion and a two yard toss to Jacob Walker.
Along with Tovar's 36 yard reception with six seconds remaining in the first half, LeForge also had a 35 yard completion to Drew Robinson that set up a score. The Mustangs scored 16 unanswered points in the last 30 seconds of the first half.
The Mustangs host Laton Saturday with the Juniors kicking off at 5 p.m. and Seniors playing at 7 p.m.