The Fowler Redcats (6-2, 3-0) scored the first time they touched the ball last Friday night and never looked back on their way to a 48-8 manhandling of the Minarets Mustangs (1--7, 1--2).
Fowler is two-time defending West Sequoia League champions, and look to be on their way to a third title. The Redcats scored the first time they touched the ball on Mike Sordia's 63-yard punt return less than a minute into the game.
The Mustangs were more concerned about the Red Cat's 6-foot-2, 290 pound defensive tackle Kevin Sundberg who is being recruited by a number of Div. I college programs and who is averaging 12 tackles per game.
Mustang quarterback Keenan Reardon did a good job avoiding Sundberg most of the evening. The standout lineman showed his frustration with three personal foul calls for late hits on Reardon.
Mustangs offensive coordinator J. D. Barnett was forced to change his game plan after losing junior running back Angel Saenz to injury in the first quarter and not having starting senior Zac Armas, lost to injury in last week's win over Riverdale. What resulted, was the best offense output of the season by Mustang receivers and Reardon.
Reardon and his receivers combined for 236 yards through the air, including a 36 yard fade to a wide-open Sam Reyes -- the Mustangs lone touchdown on the evening. It would be one of six catches for Reyes as he recorded career highs on catches and yardage. Junior Mitch Pritchett had 100 yards in receptions, not counting three questionable non-calls for pass interference, two of which could have been touchdowns for the Mustangs.
Sundberg and his fellow linemen, averaging 280 pounds, had little time to pad their tackle stats against the smaller Mustangs lineman as Reardon was constantly on the move throughout the evening. In addition to Reyes and Pritchett, receivers Scott Parker, Cosmo Tracy and Connor Reid had receptions on the evening.
The Mustangs defensive weakness during the game was the lack of outside pursuit as the Redcats scored five touchdowns after getting to the outside.
Minarets was in the red zone three times in the game and on one series were first and goal from the Redcats two-yard line but were unable to score.
Senior Cooper Manley, the Mustangs 140 pound nose guard led all tacklers, while Soares turned in another good game at linebacker.
" We ran into a good football program in Fowler and we need to get better and stronger in all phases of the game in the near future if we expect to challenge and be competitive," said coach Jay Smoljan.
The Mustangs have been outscored this season 280 to 167.
The Mustangs host Parlier (1-8, 0-2) Friday. Parlier is averaging 24 points a game, while the Mustangs average 21. Four of Parlier's loses were by a total of 23 points. Minarets is averaging 225 yards per game on the ground and 40 yards through the air.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with the JV teams playing at 5 p.m.