Mustangs beat Las Vegas namesakes 52-12 in eight-man NIAA contest
NEEDLES — It was a 52-12 blowout of The Meadows Mustangs by the Needles High School Mustangs varsity football team Sept. 20 on Branigan Field.
The NIAA 2A South League win brings Needles’ overall record to 4-1 and gives them a league record of 2-0.
The contest was played as an eight-man game since The Meadows Mustangs only had 12 players on their side of the field. The tactics for an eight-man game played on a regulation field did change but were kept simple by head coach Matt Fromelt.
In the first couple of possessions Needles came out a little flat but picked up their intensity around the middle of the first quarter.
“This was a different atmosphere for us just because it’s eight-man and we are not used to it,” said Fromelt. “The atmosphere made the mental side a little different for us and they (The Meadows) came out with a good game plan.”
The Mustangs had the first score of the game as they marched down the field and scored a touchdown on a 70-yard pitch and catch from Dawsen Yeager to Marcus Turner plus the two-point conversion. On the ensuing kickoff, The Meadows’ return man was able to evade Needles and take it all the way for a touchdown.
“With eight-man it spreads the field out more and usually they shrink the field but this time they didn’t,” said Fromelt. “So the guys lost their lanes during the play but we were able to correct that. Before we came out for the third quarter we talked about focusing on our technique and we were able to fix that.”
Marcus Turner, who is usually a force in the running game, showed his ability in the passing game as he caught four passes, gained 150 yards and made two touchdowns. Nathan Parker had a six-yard scamper for a touchdown in the first quarter and did it again in the second quarter; this time with a seven-yard run.
In the first quarter Dillon Horn had a 43 yard run for a score. In the second quarter Tyler White had a 45 yard rush for a touchdown. Turner caught a short pass from Yeager and turned in into a 79 yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Dillon Knedler had the game’s last touchdown as he took it to the house on a 30-yard rush.
The Mustangs’ defense also held up their end as they were able to stop The Meadows’ offense on fourth down multiple times, pressure the quarterback for a couple of sacks and Trevyn Diaz grabbed an interception.
The Mustangs take to the road for a rivalry league game against the Lincoln County Lynx on Sept. 28 starting at 7 p.m.
“They have a great coaching staff and we are familiar with each other so it’s going to be an exciting game,” said Fromelt. “This is going to be a critical game because if we are able to get the win in Lincoln County we will hold the tiebreaker.”