The Minarets High Mustang football team was defeated 58-24 by West Sequoia League rival and No. 2 seed Orange Cove on Nov. 2 at Orange Cove in the opening round of the Central Section Division VI playoffs. Minarets (4-7, 2-4) was making its first-ever football playoff appearance.
Orange Cove (10-1, 5-1) previously defeated the Mustangs 48-35 at Minarets on Sept. 21. The Titans placed second in the WSL to Caruthers. Both Orange Cove and Orosi joined the WSL this season.
“That was a rough game for us,” Mustang coach Becher Marr said. “We know we are much better than our performance. We had some players feel the nerves of being in the playoffs and playing on field turf for the first time. To win in playoff football you can’t have turnovers. We had way too many. It is unfortunate we went out the way we did but being in playoffs was still a great experience for our team.”
The Mustangs had a season-high 12 turnovers.
The game was close at least for a half. The Titans led 9-0 after the first quarter and 24-10 at halftime. With the vaunted Mustang offense, it was a lead that could be overcome.
But in the third quarter, Orange Cove scored 20 straight points. The Titans’ biggest lead was 44-10 near the end of the third.
Game stats were not available at press time.
The Titans move on to play the No. 6 seed Sierra Pacific of Hanford on Nov. 9 at Orange Cove in the Division VI semifinals. Last Friday, Sierra Pacific upset the No. 3 Orosi Cardinals of the WSL 28-14 at Orosi. In the other semifinal, No. 1 Strathmore will host No. 5 California City.