Coming off a 42-14 win over Farmersville the prior week, the Caruthers Blue Raiders (3-3, 1-0 WSL), last season’s league champions, visited Minarets (2-3, 0-1) last Friday, sending a message that the league title will again go through Caruthers as the Raiders throttled the Mustangs in a 47-7 beat down.
The Mustangs were without the services of quarterback Luke Pritchett and lost three other players in the last week.
Minarets hung tough the first quarter, with Mason Ellis scoring the team’s only touchdown of the game (his 10th on the season), on a 10 yard run, to make the score 13-7 Caruthers, as the first quarter expired. The Blue Raiders keyed on Ellis throughout the game, which will likely be the game plan for all the Mustangs opponents the rest of the season.
It was all Blue Raiders the rest of the game as Coach Brandon Ward’s squad put the game away early, erupting for 20 points in the second quarter, going into the half with a comfortable 33-7 lead.
Coming out of the break the Mustangs defense stiffened, allowing only seven points in the third quarter, and another TD in the fourth for the final score of 47-7.
Caruthers took advantage of the Mustangs depleted defensive line and linebackers corps as five running backs carried the ball, amassing 413 yards on the ground.
The Mustangs travel to Riverdale this week to take on the 1-5 Cowboys. Both teams average 23 points a game with the Cowboys holding an edge in points scored, 142, to the Mustangs’ 115, but 61 of those points were scored against Laton in their first win of the season.
Since then, the Cowboys have gone 0-5, surrendering an average of 40 points a game. Defense will be the difference in this one as the Mustangs attempt to rebound from their worst showing on the season.
The two teams have have one common opponent, Tranquillity. The Mustangs lost to the Tigers 26-6, while Riverdale lost 35-21.
The Mustangs should have Pritchett back and need to win this game to keep their playoff hopes intact, and move to .500 on the season.