The Minarets Mustangs (1-4, 0-1) took a beating at the hands of the Caruthers Blue Raiders (3-3, 1-0) last Friday in the West Sequoia League opener for both teams. The Blue Raiders elusive back Daniel Vilella scored five rushing touchdowns on the evening in a 50-14 blow out.
The Mustangs running game was held in check most of the game as they ran 157 yards half its average on the season.
Mustang quarterback Keenan Reardon threw for one touchdown, a 21-yard strike to Sam Reyes to keep the game close in the first quarter (14-7 Caruthers).
Vilella answered with his third TD before the half to put the Blue Raiders up 22-7. The talented running back proved too much for the Mustangs to handle as he went on to score three more times in the game. He finished the night with 142 rushing yards on 13 carries (10.9 yards per carry average).
Reardon would end the game completing four of 12 passing attempts for 74 yards, all four caught by Reyes.
Mustangs running back Mitch Pritchett had 100 yards in the game including a 52-yard run up the middle in which he broke three tackles on his way to the end zone. Reyes added 28 yards on the ground on eight carries. Reardon had three carries for 16 yards.
Kicker Chance Carter was two for two PATs while keeping the Blue Raiders return game non-existent with two touchbacks.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jackson Soares, Reyes, and Reardon, all finished with six tackles, Reardon had an interception to thwart a Caruthers drive, while Reyes recovered a fumble to halt another Blue Raiders drive. Matt Niblett added four tackles, while Hunter Hatlili and Nolan Corippo had three tackles and one assist.
The Mustang pass defense held Caruthers quarterback Elijah Clark to 91 yards, as he went four for 13. Most of Clark's yards came on two big plays, as the Mustangs defense faltered on third and long twice in the contest.
The Mustangs JV team won its game 30-13.
Friday the Mustangs travel to Riverdale (2-4, 0-1) to play the Cowboys. Last year Minarets got their only win on the season against the Cowboys, 57-0. The Cowboys went winless last year but have started this season with two wins.
The Mustangs enter the game favored to win. Minarets has played their toughest part of the schedule and have league games remaining with Laton, Parlier, and Fowler. The team must win out in order to make post season play.
Game times: JV, 5 p.m. varsity, 7:30 p.m.