Mustangs prancin’ to the dance after 48-27 semifinal win
NEEDLES — The NIAA 2A South Champion Mustangs racked up a combined 480 yards to take a 48-27 win into the state finals in Las Vegas next week.
The Mustangs stampeded the Battle Mountain Longhorns from a tense beginning to Marcus Turner’s last touchdown and Dillon Horn’s point after run just under 3 minutes from the final buzzer. The ’Horns began a drive the other way only to picked off by Ivan Stone to give the Mustangs possession until the game ended.
Needles fumbled the kick return on the very first play but forced the ’Horns to turn the ball over on downs four plays later. Battle Mountain recovered to put the first score on the board with a 70-yard Cody Ostler run; the kick split the uprights and the Longhorns led 7-0 with 9:24 to go in the first.
A bit over three minutes later Needles’ Tyler White took the ball in from 40 yards out; Horn’s point after attempt was good and Needles went up 8-7.
The play opened the gate for the Mustangs: they struck twice more to put 20 points on the board in the first; then added six in the second to go into the locker room up 26-7.
The Longhorns battled back in the opening minutes of the third to close the gap to 26-15; Needles answered to take the lead to 32-15; the Horn’s struck again to make it 32-21 at the close of the third.
The Mustangs took less than a minute to run that lead up to 40-21 in the opening of the final stanza.The ’Horns came back with another touchdown before Turner and Horn posted the points for the 48-27 final.
It was announce during the game that Pershing County beat Lincoln County 7-6 in the fourth quarter of the playoff in the north. Needles is to face Pershing on Saturday, Nov. 17, at a Las Vegas school to be announced. See more details in Wednesday’s print edition of the Needles Desert Star.