Still searching for their first league win, the Minarets Mustangs (2-5, 0-3 WSL) hosted the Fowler Redcats (5-2, 2-0) Oct. 23, losing 56-18.
The Redcats scored first on one of quarterback Matt Kahaian’s three touchdown throws on the evening. He would go on to have a memorable night at the hands of the Mustangs secondary, completing 22 of 29 attempts for 292 yards.
Trailing 14-0, Mason Ellis put the Mustangs on the board with a run up the middle, breaking tackles along the way to his 11th score on the season. The point after failed.
On Fowler’s next series Coach Bob Kelly’s Mustangs put together a tough defensive stand at their own one-yard line. Three times the Redcats attempted to score from the one, running the ball up the middle, and three times the Mustangs stopped them. Kahaian then called his own number, facing fourth and one, he scrambled to his right and was able to break outside pursuit for the touchdown to put Fowler up 21-6 following the PAT kick, with 5:52 remaining in the second quarter.
With 59 seconds left in the half, David Broils exploded with a 52-yard gain to the Redcats 40. On the next play, Fowler picked off quarterback Luke Pritchett. Mustang 6-foot-4 corner Christian Low returned the favor, picking off Fowler with 29 seconds left in the half. On the Mustangs next play, Pritchett hit senior Jazper Phillips for a nine-yard TD strike to bring the score to 35-12 as the first half ended.
It would be all Redcats for most of the remainder of the game as injuries piled up as well as points. Fowler was flagged several times for late hits, but still managed to score 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Ellis added a 49-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 135 yards.
JV team wins 28-14
Things went much better for the Mustangs JV team, winning 28-14.
Jacob Cullen had over 100 yards receiving, and Tyson Ellis added another 100 yards on the ground, including a 76-yard TD run.
Coach Jackson Lakatani’s squad forced seven turnovers (two fumbles, five picks). They became the first team to beat the Redcats at either level.
“We're still learning but I’m really proud of the way we finished ... our players responded when our leader and heart and soul of the team, Payton Phillips, went down with a broken keg,” said Lakatani. “Quite a few of our players got emotional but they came together like brothers and got it done. We moved kids around to adjust and finished strong.
The Mustangs should run wild in Parlier Friday as they play the 0-7 Panthers. Look for the Ellis to have his best game on the year. The Mustangs have scored 100 more points then Parlier on the year and allowed 70 points fewer.