Mustangs declaw Lions 54-0
NEEDLES — The Needles High School Mustangs got back in the winning column, beating the Calvary Chapel Lions 54-0 on Oct. 5 on Branigan Field.
The NIAA 2A South League win gives the Mustangs a 5-3 overall record and a 2-1 league record.
“I’m proud of the way they came out tonight,” said Matt Fromelt, Mustangs head coach. “It took us a little while to get our focus back on with the tough loss we had against Lincoln County, but they came out, executed and did their jobs.”
The Mustangs didn’t have the best start as they fumbled the ball during the first drive of the game. The defense was able to hold the Lions and forced them to punt.
After the turnover, it took the Mustangs a couple of minutes to finally get their offense going and once it got going they were hard to stop.
“They dealt with adversity well,” said Fromelt. “They knew they made a mistake and they wanted to improve on it and they did.”
The Mustangs’ Marcus Turner led the way with 156 yards rushing and finding the end zone four times. One of his touchdowns came in the form of a 98-yard-run that started at the two-yard line. Not far behind was Semaj Howell, as he ran the ball for 126 yards and one score which came in the form of an 80-yard-run. Dillon Horn had one rushing touchdown and an interception from a fake punt that he took to the end zone. Nathan Parker was named the starting quarterback and he went 4-for-5 for 94 yards and threw a touchdown to Turner.
“The team started picking up their intensity. They flipped the switch and they did well after that,” said Fromelt.
The Mustangs’ defense delivered a shutout performance against the Lions, getting a couple of sacks and not allowing them to move the ball much through the air or on the ground.
“Our secondary did well against their quarterback, even though they completed a couple of passes on us tonight,” said Fromelt. “Overall, our coverage was solid and we kept him in front of us and that was our goal.”
The next game for the Mustangs is their homecoming game as they take on their south league rivals the Lake Mead Eagles at 7 p.m. on Branigan Field.