The Minarets Mustangs (1--6, 1-1) notched their first varsity football win in the schools short history, a 57-0 thumping of the Riverdale Cowboys (0-7, 0-2). It was the school's first homecoming game.
The evening began with a Jimi Hendrix version of the Star-Spangled Banner, performed by Harley Giles, and included performances by the Mustangs marching band, directed by Bill Samuelson and a half time performance by Minarets music students.
The Mustangs scored on their third play from scrimmage, a 14 yard carry by Zack Armas,one of only four seniors on the team. Junior running back Angel Saenz had a night to remember as he took over for the injured Armas and rushed for 155 yards on nine carries while scoring three touchdowns.
Up 22-0 with five minutes remaining in the first quarter, junior quarterback Keenan Reardon ran for the first of his four TDs before the half ended on a 60-yard run. Reardon would finish the evening with 206 yards on seven carries, highlighted by a 83-yard TD run to open the third quarter.
The Mustangs were up 45--0 at half.
Junior Mitch Pritchett took the reins at quarterback as the second half got underway as Mustang coaches substituted heavily in the second half.
The Mustangs, who were averaging 15 points a game, combined for 510 yards of offense while scoring eight touchdowns.
The game was also full of defensive gems as the Mustangs recorded their first shutout in school history. The Mustangs recorded five sacks with sophomore Vince Domingo getting two while juniors Nolan Corippo, Jackson Soares and Cory Gibson each had one.
Soares led the defense with nine tackles from his linebacker position. The Mustangs defense also shut down the Cowboys passing game as Pritchett and junior Ben Nelson each had interceptions. Nelson made perhaps the best defensive plays of the game, breaking up a sure touchdown pass, while intercepting another at the Mustangs five yard line.
"Good for our players, coaches and program ... we all work hard," said head coach Jay Smoljan after the game. "I am very proud of both our JV and varsity teams. They both played well and continue to get stronger as the season goes on. Our community is a huge supporter of our football program. We have a big test this week playing two-time defending section champions Fowler, but our players will be ready to battle."
The football future looks bright for the Mustangs as the JV team has three wins this season and the successful first year youth program has nearly 90 players. The Mustangs will feature 17 seniors on next years squad.
The celebrating will end Monday as the Mustangs began preparing for two time section Div. VI defending champion Fowler (5-1, 1-0). The Mustangs have three games remaining and will go to the playoffs if they can win two of the three contests. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with JV game starting at 5 p.m. Contact Minarets for booster bus info.
JV team wins third game
The Mustang JV squad recorded their third win of the season, a 39--22 win against the Cowboys. Quarterback Justin Black ran for 70 plus yards, including a 26 yard touchdown scramble, while throwing two TD passes, open a 40 yard hook-up with Bubba Ward.
Justin McLeod lead the backfield with 55 yards on the night.
The defense contributed in a big way with Brian Woolsey intercepting three passes, two of which he returned for scores, while his third interception set up a Mustangs touchdown.
Corner Jeremiah Benzie thwarted a Cowboy touchdown with the Mustangs fourth interception of the game late in the fourth quarter.