The Minarets Mustangs (1-2) not only got their first win of the 2018 season, they did it convincingly. Overall, Minarets set seven single-game records in a 60-7 victory over host Tranquillity (0-4) on Sept. 7. Certainly Tranquillity has had its struggles the last few seasons, but the Mustangs knew a breakout game was coming. Minarets coaches want to build on this to gain momentum for a Central Section Division VI playoff run.
“We finally eliminated all the offensive penalties and turnovers and played really good football,” Mustang head coach Becher Marr said. “Our defense has played well all year and Friday night was no different. Our offense helped them out and put us in a good position to be successful.”
Minarets led from start to finish. It was 33-7 at halftime. The Mustangs still scored 60 points even with a running clock in the second half.
The Mustangs set single-game records for points scored (60), total offense (688 yards), total all-purpose yards (913), total receiving yards (507) and receiving touchdowns (eight).
Mustang quarterback Marty Urroz had his finest game as a starter. Urroz was 19 for 29 for 507 yards throwing for eight touchdowns and no interceptions. Both the yardage and touchdowns are single-game records at Minarets.
On the receiving end, Preston Conti had a career night. A West Coast Rivals.com top 20 receiver, Conti had 10 catches for 277 yards and six touchdowns. Conti set the record for individual receiving yards and touchdown catches. Conti is now ranked No. 6 in the Central Section with 361 receiving yards, according to MaxPreps.com. Conti is No. 2 in touchdown receptions with seven.
Zack Redman also had a big night with eight catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Redman averaged 27 yards per catch.
The Mustangs continued their dominance in the run game. Tyson Ellis had 155 yards on 11 carries averaging 14 yards per carry. Ellis also scored a touchdown. To date, the senior Ellis has 539 yards rushing through three games. Ellis is ranked No. 5 in the Central Section in yards gained.
Last week, Ellis broke the rushing record for a single-game with 266 against Yosemite. The former record was held by Tyson’s brother Mason who ran for 256 yards in 2015 against San Lorenzo. Mason is now playing middle linebacker for NCAA D-II Alabama A&M. Mason holds the single-season rushing yardage record for Minarets with 1,213. “Tyson has a good shot at the record,” Marr said.
The Minarets JV (1-2) lost 24-6 to Tranquillity. Stats were unavailable.
Minarets opens league play against Fowler
The Mustangs will look to keep their momentum going as they travel to play against the always tough Fowler Redcats on Friday, Sept. 14. It will be the first West Sequoia League contest for both teams. Game time is 5 p.m. for JV and 7 p.m. for Varsity.
Fowler (2-2) is led by head coach Jim O’Brien. This is O’Brien’s second stint as Fowler’s head coach. The Redcats are coming off a 6-5 season in 2017 and a Division V playoff appearance. Fowler has made 12 straight playoff appearances, winning a Central Section D-V title in 2010.
Minarets is 0-7 all-time vs. the Redcats. Last year Minarets lost at home to Fowler 33-27 in a close contest that went down to the wire. “Fowler is always tough,” Marr said. “They run a similar offense to our own. Our defense won’t be surprised. It will be a good game.”