The Minarets Mustangs (2-1) spoiled Farmersville’s (0-3) homecoming game last Friday with a 48-47 win, in a game that saw Minartes’ Mason Ellis pile-up 357 all-purpose yards (179 rushing, 159 on kick-off returns, and 19 passing).
The Mustangs senior scored on a 84-yard kickoff return following an Aztecs touchdown to tie the score 7-7 early in the game. Farmersville answered with two more touchdowns in the first quarter as quarterback Leo Alverez took to the air to put the Aztecs up 21-7.
Minarets scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to stun the Farmersville crowd (a one-yard run by Ellis, a six-yard run by David Broyles, a 16-yard run by Ellis, and a 38-yard return on an interception by defensive back Brennen Ryan), and go up 35-21 at half.
Place kicker Jasper Phillips was a perfect five for five on point afters in the first half.
The Aztecs, thought of as a passing team, came back in the second with the hope of establishing a running game. The plan worked to perfection as Farmersville drove the field, scoring on a two-yard run to pull within one touchdown, 28-35. After stopping the Mustangs, the Aztecs scored on a 26-yard pass. The point after failed leaving the Mustangs in the lead 35-34.
Ellis, one of the top kickoff and punt returners in the Valley last year, took the Aztec kickoff and scored his fourth touchdown on the night with a 75-yard return, shedding several tacklers along the way. The point after was unsuccessful, and the third quarter came to an end with Minarets leading 41-34.
After a time-consuming drive to start the fourth quarter, Farmersville scored from two yards out to pull within a point, 41-40. The Aztecs missed yet another point after, which would become the deciding factor in the game.
Following a punt from Minarets on the next possession, Alverez led his team on a go-ahead drive to put Farmersville up 47-41 with another rushing TD from two yards out.
Knowing the Aztecs would key on Ellis, Mustang Coach Bob Kelly called a little razzle dazzle play. The running back switched to QB and hit Christian Low for a 19-yard TD.
The Aztecs were able to move the ball within field goal range as the clock failed to start on the snap of the ball and stopped before a whistle on several occasions. But facing fourth down from 25 yards out, Farmersville went to the end zone where Low batted away the pass to seal the Mustangs victory.
“Mason was outstanding, and our overall effort was much better than in the Tranquillity game,” Kelly said. “We need to get better at executing our assignments ... if we improve on that we can play with anybody. We told Mason he was our horse and we were going to ride him and he responded excellently. He had a hand in five of our touchdowns and was huge on defense.”
“It was a team effort tonight, the line blocked so well for me as well as the special teams blockers,” Ellis said.
The JV squad lost their first game of the season 16-12 and are now 2-1. The Mustangs had two long touchdown runs called back, the result of penalties.
Game at home Saturday
The Mustangs host San Lorenzo Valley (1-2) of Felton, 2 p.m., Saturday, after the noon JV game.
The Mustangs traveled to Felton last season and were defeated 48-8. The Cougars went 8-3 last year and finished one game short of a league title.
Coach Kelly played for the Cougars and has built a relationship with the program. The game is the Mustang’s homecoming game, with a dance following the game.