Carter's field goal gives Mustangs 31-29 win over Laton

editorial@sierrastar.comNovember 12, 2013 

The Minarets Mustangs (3-7, 1-3) defeated the Mustangs of Laton (4-6, 0-4,) 31-29 Nov. 8 with a 31-yard field goal by kicker Chance Carter as time expired. Mayhem ensued, as the bench and stands cleared stormed the field. Coach Bob Kelly was the first to congratulate his kicker as he rushed the field, ending up at the bottom of the dog-pile with Carter and his holder, quarterback Keenan Reardon.

With 2:04 remaining in the game and two time outs, Reardon drove the Mustangs 45 yards, including two fourth and long, (20 and 14 yards). Facing fourth and 23 with 1:03 remaining, Kelly called the old hook and lateral, a play the Mustangs have been practicing for the last couple of weeks.

Reardon hit his receiver Sam Reyes in the flats — Reyes took the ball 10 yards up field and turned to pitch the ball to trailing running back Zac Clayton who broke tackles for another 16 yards placing the ball at Latons 30 yard line with 35 seconds to play.

Reardon then hit running back Angle Saenz in the flats for six yards before running out of bounds to stop the clock. With 20 seconds on the clock, Reardon hit tight end Jackson Soares across the middle to the Laton 14 yard line.

With the clock running, the Mustangs hurried to the line of scrimmage and Reardon spiked the ball with one second remaining on the clock. Kelly called on his kicker Carter, the soccer player who juggled the two sports throughout the season. The senior kick specialist lead section kickers in touchbacks on the season and has recently caught the eye of Reedley Junior Collage. Laton had just taken the lead after blocking a Carter punt and returning it 35-yards to the Mustangs two-yard line, where Carter made the tackle. Two plays later, Laton scored to take the lead, 29-28.

Minarets had one last chance.

"I told them we are going to do this," Reardon said in the huddle.

After Reardon moved the team completing four of five passes to the 31-yard line, the chance to win the game was left up to Carter. The kicked split the uprights, a fitting end to a game that featured five lead changes.

The Mustangs had 350 yard on offense, with Pritchett, Saenz, Reyes, and Clayton compiling 216 yards on the ground, with Clayton getting 80 yards on 18 carries. Reardon was 10 or 20 for 132 yards, and scored on runs of two and one yard, Saenz scored on a five yard run, and Pritchett had a 40-yard TD.

The defense had five sacks (two by Mason Ellis, two by linebacker Soares, and one by Matt Niblett). Soares has made his presence felt the last couple of weeks leading the team in tackles. He had 12 in his last game as a Mustang.

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