Mustangs take win over Cowboys

photo by Mike Wilson | Jesus Dominquez
photo by Mike Wilson | Jesus Dominquez

by Coach Chris Brown

The Mustang football team traveled to Plateau Valley last Saturday on a beautiful sunny afternoon and came away with a 42-6 victory. The Mustang offense still struggled with execution, penalties, and mistakes but found enough ways to take control of the game. The Cowboys are struggling this year and are now 0-4 but gave a spirited effort in the first half.

The first two drives ended before they ever got going but on a busted play QB Jakob Buller ran around the right end for a 27 yard touchdown as the quarter ended 6-0. West Grand would add a touchdown (TD) pass, Buller to freshman Wyatt Howell of 43 yards and a 37 TD strike to sophomore Jesus Dominguez. The teams next traded turnovers with a Jesus interception deep in Mustang territory with a Buller fumble near the end of the half that ended 22-6.

After a challenge laid down by Coach Pedersen at half the Mustangs played a better brand of ball resulting in 3 third quarter scores. Buller would again run for a 27 TD, throw a pass to Tanner Brumley good for a 38 yard TD, and Rene Dominguez would add a 40 yard lightning run. Freshmen Wyatt Shearer would add the 2 point run to make the score 42-6. The Mustang defense made one goal line stand stopping 7 plays inside the 10 yard line midway in the 4th quarter. Rene made an amazing twisting , cutting , 95 yard run for a score that was brought back on a flag.

The defense had some solid play from Omar Dominguez, Austin Schake, and Alejandro Castonon. Also, Ely Ryszkowski returned and in his first action added some enthusiasm and quickness to the defensive front. With starting center Gabriel Torres out senior RB-DB Cameron Wood stepped up to take on the extremely important duties on snapping the ball. Though some weren’t perfect and some on the ground which threw off the timing non were lost to the Cowboys. Filmed showed Cameron doing a great job blocking in this new position and gave a great example of “senior leadership and how can I help the team”

This week is the Mustang homecoming set for Friday night at 7pm with a battle against 3-0 #8 ranked Vail Christian who are so far playing the best ball in the league. The Mustangs enter the game at 3-1 and ranked #9. They have won 8 league titles since entering 8-man play in 9 years with Vail Christian winning the other.