In its best game on the young season, the Minarets Mustangs (0-4), gave the Central Section's No. 1 D-IV Farmersville Aztecs (2-2) all they could handle for most of the evening, before losing 58-41.
The game showed great improvement for coach Bob Kelly's Mustangs, but not enough to get the win.
The Mustangs had their most impressive offensive game of the season, striking first as quarterback Keenan Reardon, hit Sam Reyes for a 66-yard touchdown pass to go up 6-0 in the first quarter. The PAT was unsuccessful.
The Mustang defense harassed Farmersville quarterback Sam Metcalf throughout the first quarter, not completing a pass in nine attempts. That changed quickly. After the Mustangs failed on a fake punt, Metcalf threw his first of seven touchdown passes on the night, a 47-yard strike. The elusive quarterback evaded relentless pressure throughout the game, slipping out of the grasp of would-be tackles time and time again, only to find a open receiver down field.
The Mustangs answered with a 28-yard scamper by Mitch Pritchett. The powerful full back had 80 yards on the evening.
On the ensuing kick-off the Aztecs returned the ball to the Mustangs four yard line. Again, the Mustangs defense came up big with a 13 yard sack by Nolan Corippo, followed by a 15 yard Aztec penalty. Facing a third and goal from the Mustang's 32, Metcalf would zig-zag through rushers to find an open receiver in the end zone to go up 14-13 half way through the second quarter.
Penalties and dropped passes would take their toll as Minarets handed the ball to the Aztecs two more times, resulting in scores, and two conversions. Farmersville had a commanding 31-13 lead at half.
The two teams combined for 34 points in the third quarter. The Mustangs put together a 80-yard drive, capped by a 21-yard TD run by senior Angel Saenz. Metcalf answered with a 65-yard dump off screen pass, good for a score.
Reyes electrified the crowd with an 80-yard touchdown run for the Mustangs second score of the quarter, with a two-point conversion pass from Reardon.
The Aztecs answered with a 66-yard kick-off return that placed the ball on the one yard line with Metcalf taking it in himself for another six points. The Aztecs scored three TDs in the third quarter, to put the game out of reach.
The Mustangs went on to score two more touchdowns, a 23-yard strike from Reardon to Cosmo Tracy. Tracy finished the game with 75 yards on three receptions. Reardon's third touchdown throw on the evening was a five-yard strike to Reyes, but it was too little, too late, as the Mustangs could not contain the talented Metcalf. The Mustangs had their most productive game of the season, totaling 529 yards of offense.
Reardon had 156 yards passing, while the Mustang running game added 299 for a total of 455 yards. Pritchett, Saenz, and Reyes all finished with more than 80 yards, while Zach Clayton added 56.
"We took a step forward tonight against Farmersville as we fought a tough team and didn't back down," said head coach Bob Kelly. "Now we need to continue our progress with a good week of practice and a good game against Orosi for our home fans on homecoming Friday night."
The Mustangs JV squad (2-2) bounced back from last weeks disappointing loss, with a dominating 48-0 win at Farmersville. The Cardinals had no answer for running back Luke Tovar who had 328 all-purpose yards and five TDs.
Minarets had the game well in hand at the half, up 41-0, as coach Tovar emptied his bench and reserve players saw plenty of action.
The Mustangs are still looking for its first win of the season and hope it will come at Friday's homecoming game against the Orosi Cardinals (1-3). The Cardinals were defeated last week by Woodlake, 41-14. It was homecoming last year when the Mustangs defeated Riverdale 57-0 for their first varsity win.
Game times: JV 5 p.m - varsity 7:30 p.m.