Record breaking win for the Mustangs

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Coach Brown holds record for most win in Colorado

by Kim Bodemann WG Booster Club President In the season opener for the West Grand football team on Friday night, the Mustangs defeated the visiting Sanford Indians 38-12 and helped Coach Chris Brown become the most winningest high school football coach in Colorado with 307 wins and counting.

The Mustangs got the ball first, but it wasn’t until the second position of the game when the Mustangs moved the ball down the field starting at their own 42 yard line. Brady Gore had two rushes of 13 and 15 yards during the drive, with Travis Barnes finishing the seven play drive off from five yards out to score the first touchdown of the game.

Sanford then had a quick three and out with Isaac Matson blocking the punt as Josh O’Hotto returned the ball and West Grand started their drive at the 15 yard line. Six plays later, Gore ran in for a touchdown from one yard out. During the Indians next drive, Jake Bentler intercepted the Sanford quarterback. However, three plays later Gore was intercepted. The Mustang defense held strong and got the ball back on downs and take over on the 37 yard line. The offense moved the ball and got a little help from the Sanford defense after a 15 yard penalty as the ball was spotted at the nine yard line. Gore hit Travis Etler for a nine yard touchdown with 1:20 left in the half. On the kick off Bentler stole the ball away from Sanford, Mustang ball. A couple plays later, Gore threw his second interception at the eight yard marker. Etler then sacked the quarterback for a safety. The Mustangs went into half time leading 20-0.

To start the second half, West Grand received the ball, Junior Fletes had a 31 yard kick return. Gore then hit Etler for a 50 yard gain. The drive stalled. After the Mustang defense allowed only four plays and Sanford had to punt, as West Grand got the ball back at the 38 yard line. The offense drove the ball as Gore scored again on a three yard run. The third quarter ended with the lead increase to 26-0.

Early in the fourth period, Gore and Etler combined again, this time for a 40 yard touchdown. Sanford got their first touchdown of the game after putting a drive together that started at the 40. Mustangs would get one more chance and put together a good drive that included a 10 yard run by Barnes, as Luis Dominguez had a 23 yard run and then a 10 yard touchdown run with 34.7 seconds left. Somehow the Indians managed a touchdown to end the game, with a 38-12 Mustang victory.

The Mustangs had 380 total yards of offense. Gore finished with 107 rushing yards and 136 passing. Barnes had 73 rushing yards, L. Dominguez with 46 rushing yards and Etler with 112 receiving yards. On the defensive side, Bruce Cordova had 16 total tackles, 10 of them solo; O’Hotto had eight tackles, four solo. Etler added five solo with three of them sacks totaling 32 lost yards for Sanford and a safety. Junior Dominguez had six tackles, and I. Matson added four.

The Mustangs will host the South Park Burros this Friday at 7:00. See you under the lights!