by Chris Brown, Football Head Coach
The West Grand Mustangs started the 2018 season with a solid 43-0 win against visiting Calhan. The scoring happened quickly after a fumble recovery by Rene Dominguez at the 19-yard line on the third play of the game set the Mustang offense in great field position. On their first snap QB, Luis Dominguez hit Hugh Wheatley with a 19 yard TD pass. Newcomer Collin Warren added the extra point kick just after his opening kickoff sailed through the end zone for a touchback. After another defensive stop, the Mustangs scored in a quick 6 play drive ending with a 15 pass from Luis to Marcus Sanchez. The next drive was even quicker in 2 plays capped with a 48 yard Luis Dominguez run. It’s apparent he run’s faster in pads than on the track without them. The first quarter ended 19-0 for the home team.
The second quarter saw two Mustang drive stall from penalties but the offense was able to score twice more via the pass. Luis hit cousin Omar Dominguez with a long 44-yard fade that was tipped by the defender but juggled then corralled for a very nice catch. The final score came with 39.2 seconds left in the half and 70 yards away. In 4 lighting quick plays, the team went the length of the field to score on a Luis 10 yard pass to Noah Dickerson. Making the halftime score 35-0.
The second half went very quick as the first play from scrimmage saw Rene Dominguez race 60 yards breaking 2 tackles for the final TD. Jakob Buller added two extra points, running for one and a throw to Hugh Wheatley for the other. Six different players scored touchdowns! All the offensive output was made possible from great protection from the line of Marcos Ramirez, Austin Stauffer, Noah Dickerson, and center Josiah McDonald. Other highlights were excellent kick coverage from sophomores Austin Schake and Alejandro Castanon and a stout defense. Leading tacklers were Jordan Knight with 15, Marcus Sanchez had 11, and Austin Stauffer 10. Luis Dominguez added an interception he ran back for a TD that was disallowed for a penalty as the half ended. All 28 players suited for the game saw action.
This week the Mustangs make the long trip to the eastern plains with a huge match-up with #5 ranked Caliche. They have 19 senior/juniors and are big and physical. The Mustangs will be shorthanded with linebacker Marcus Sanchez questionable and all-stater Austin Stauffer crashing his truck Tuesday night. His injury report is at this time serious but non-life-threatening. It’s this coaches belief that whoever came up with the idea to let 15-18-year-old boys drive should be sent to the funny farm! Thirty sounds like the best age for most of ’em. Our prayers for a full recovery are with Austin and his family.