The Minarets Mustangs (1-8, 1-3) struggled last Friday to contain the Parlier Panthers (2-8, 1-2), losing 47-13.
The Mustangs held tough the first half of play and with 14 seconds remaining in the half, the Panthers scored giving them a 25-13 lead -- Minarets would not recover.
Starting the game with a depleted backfield, the Mustangs went to the air early with junior quarterback Keenan Reardon hitting junior Sam Reyes for a 68 yard touchdown early in the first quarter after falling behind 14-0.
On the Mustangs next series it was junior Kyle Reed breaking tackles on his way to a 53 yard touchdown run. Following the successful PAT by Scott Parker the Mustangs were trailing 18-13. That was as close as it got as the Panthers quarterback JC Chavez went to work with the late first half score and went on to lead Parlier to three more unanswered touchdowns.
Reardon was 5 for 8 for 105 yards in the first half. The backfield of reserves featuring Reed (five carries for 85 yards) and Parker (six carries for 16 yards) moved the ball well the first half.
The Mustangs saw plenty of blitzing by the other linebackers in the second half, resulting in four sacks.
The Mustangs had only three possessions the second half as Parlier controlled the clock with an effective running attack.
Laton Friday night
The Mustangs close out the season Friday as they travel to Laton (3-6, 3-1). The two teams match up well on paper but the Mustangs have lost key position players the last couple of games.
Although he finished the game, Reardon dislocated his non throwing arm in the second quarter of the Parlier game. Receiver Mitch Pritchett was lost for the last game of the season with an injury while running backs Zack Armus and Angel Saenz suffered an ankle and leg injuries, although both are hoping to be back for Friday nights game.
The Mustang receivers will need to play a big part if Minarets hopes to hang with the Mustangs of Laton. Minarets will expand their roster as they bring up players from the JV squad. Laton has forfeited the JV contest. The JV team coached by Steve Cordel had a respectable 5-5 season in his first year on staff.
The team finished the season with a 38-28 win against the Panthers. Quarterback Justin Black had two touchdown throws and scored on a keeper following a 25 yard run by Justin McLeod. Receiver Mason Ellis scored on a fade route.