The Huntingdon Middle School Mustangs opened their season with a 28-12 loss to the Lexington Middle Minutemen on the road last Thursday. After having a scrimmage and their portion of a jamboree canceled, the Mustangs were a little rusty in the first half and fell behind the Minutemen 20-6 at the half. The Mustangs played even with the Minutemen in the second half, but two bad snaps on a potential scoring drive cost them points and a chance for a win.
Lexington scored on their opening drive of the game on a 32-yard run by Amarion Arnold and added a two-point conversion from Mason Beers to take an early 8-0 lead.
The Mustangs answered with an eight play, 57-yard drive and scored on a one-yard run by Broox Bennett. The conversion failed leaving the score at 8-6 with the Minutemen leading by two.
Lexington then followed the Mustang score with a four play 60-yard drive and scored on a 17-yard run by Beers. The conversion failed leaving the score 14-6.
After a Mustang punt, Lexington went 73 yards in five plays and scored on a ten-yard run by Beers with 30 seconds left in the half. The conversion once again failed, and the score stood at 20-6 at the half.
The Mustangs started the second half with possession and went 66 yards to pay dirt as Tyreke Hutch scampered the last 41 for the touchdown. The Mustangs again missed scoring on the conversion, and the score stood at 20-12. The Minutemen answered back in two plays as Arnold broke loose for 55 yards and a score and Beers tacked on a two-point conversion run to make the score 28-12.
The Mustangs mounted a 13-play drive and reached the Lexington five before two bad snaps cost the Mustangs 27 yards in the wrong direction, and Huntingdon ended up turning the ball over on downs. The Mustangs got the ball back one more time but failed to score, and the Minutemen left with a 28-12 win.
Hutch led the Mustangs in rushing by amassing 75 yards in six carries, and Bennett rushed 19 times for 54 yards. Arnold had 172 yards on eight carries, and Beers rushed nine times for 72 yards.