After two rough games for the Minarets football team (3-5, 1-3), the team took on the Parlier Panthers (0-8, 0-3) and had 345 yards of total offense to beat them 49-6.
The Panthers scored first on a six-yard pass in the first quarter. The point after was unsuccessful and offensively the Panthers were done for the night.
On the ensuing kick-off, Mason Ellis took the ball 91 yards for a touchdown, his third TD kick-off return on the season. Jazper Phillips point after was good. The Mustangs led 36-6 going into the break.
Senior Kaleb Fausone took over the reins for the Mustangs as quarterback (Luke Pritchett sat for discipline reasons). The Mustangs did most of their scoring on the ground as Fausone spread the ball around, with four different Mustangs scoring in the game.
The E-Train, (Ellis) added to his team-leading touchdown total with three on the night (15 TDs on the season). The senior scored on a three-yard run, then converted the two-point conversion with a pass to Fausone. He added another 74 yard run for a score, and finished the game with 136 rushing yards on 13 attempts (10.5 yards apc).
Fausone also returned a punt 89 yards in the second quarter as the Mustangs began to pull away. Running back Chase Gauthier added another 53 yard rushing score to complete the 29 points scored in the second quarter. Kicker Phillips was 5 for 6 on PATs in the game.
Phillips and Fausone connected twice for 56 yards in the game - the second completion in the third quarter was good for a 16-yard TD. Phillips, a first year player, has been a highlight for the Mustangs this year, as the former soccer player has pinned teams deep in their own territory on a regular basis all season and added consistency to the kicking game.
Holden Cordle scored the final touchdown of the game on a four-yard run. Cordle, nursing an injury to the shoulder that will require surgery following the season, put in a gutsy performance on both sides of the ball. The senior is defensive coach Steve Cordle’s son and a key player in the Mustangs linebacker corps. His absence was felt in the Mustangs last two losses.
“It was fun to get a good result after a tough stretch of good teams,” said Coach Bob Kelly. “Everybody had a hand in a convincing victory. We’ve been working hard and getting better, so it was fun to get a win. Mason had a big hand early with three touchdowns to give us a lead after a slow start. Kaleb had a good game throughout as he took care of the ball, had a great punt return to give us some cushion in the second quarter, and threw a couple of really nice passes to Jazper, including the touchdown in the third quarter.”
Kelly said Smith has continually played hard on both sides of the ball, and Low had another in a string of good games.
“We’re looking forward to ending our season with a good showing on senior night in front of our home fans,” Kelly said.
Laton (0-7) will visit Minarets Friday.
Coach Lakatani has the Mustangs JV squad firing on all cylinders as they won their third consecutive game against Parlier, 29-0.
The JV game is at 5 p.m., with the varsity playing at 7:30 p.m.