The Minarets Mustangs (0-2) fell to The Immanuel Eagles (1-2) last Friday in Reedley. What started out as a close game with Immanuel leading at half time 18-14, ended with the Eagles pulling away in the third quarter and holding on for its first win of the season, 38-21.
The Eagles showcased transfer DayV'aughn Montgomery, a former Clovis West 1,000 yard rusher, and the team scored on an opening 12-play drive from mid-field. The extra point was blocked by sophomore Mason Ellis.
A 53-yard kick off return by Zach Clayton put the Mustangs in Eagle territory where they preceded to drive down the field and score on a five-yard run by Mitch Pritchett. Chance Carter added the PAT kick to put Minarets up 7-6.
The Mustang lead lasted all of one play as Montgomery, after receiving the ensuring kickoff, reversed his field and ran 68-yards for the score. A failed PAT and the Eagles were up 12-7.
The Mustangs answered with a touchdown after a long drive with Kyle Reed scoring from eight yards out.
The Eagles scored again in the first quarter to go up 18-14 on a Montgomery run.
Both teams defenses took over the game with the Eagles sacking Mustang quarterback Keenan Reardon (1 of 6 for 10 yards) several times. The Mustangs also recorded sacks, one by Jackson Soares, another by Steven Albonico.
The second half was all Immanuel, as the Eagles scored two touchdowns and a field goal.
The Mustangs added a score late, on a Kyle Reed run, for the final score.
The Mustangs played sound defense at times but struggled containing the Eagles on third and long. Time and time again the Eagles converted after being held in check early in their drives.
Montgomery ran for more than 200 all purpose yards and had four touchdowns.
Clayton compiled 240 all-purpose yards on the night with 179 yards on five kickoff returns, 51 yards rushing and 10 yards receiving.
The Mustang's JV team played a close game, scoring with no time left in regulation play. Needing to score the two-point conversion for the tie, Immanuel stacked the line, stopped the Mustangs, and came away with the 28-26 win.
Luke Pritchett returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score, while Luke Tovar added 230 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
"Our lack of effort early on and some key missed assignments cost us the game," coach Bob Tovar said.
The Mustangs travel Friday to Avenal (2-1). The Buffalo's are coming off a 50-6 win against Laton and will put the Mustangs defense to the test.
Varsity kick-off 7:30 p.m., JV game 5 p.m.