Mustangs collar Bulldogs 41-21

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By russellBUSH

The Huntingdon and Milan football game are a part of one of the most storied rivalries in the state and the Mustangs have a losing record against the Bulldogs since the series began with Milan winning 48 times to the Mustangs 40 wins with one tie prior to Fridays match-up in Milan. Eric Swenson the head coach for Huntingdon, however has eight wins to six losses on his resume to the Bulldogs and Friday night the Mustangs and Coach Swenson added one to the win column as the Mustangs punished the Bulldogs 41-21.

The Mustang offense has scored 104 points in the last two meetings with the Bulldogs and in Friday’s win the Mustang defense hurled a shutout in the second half after the Mustangs trailed 21-19 at the half. The Mustangs rushed for 411 yards in the game with 212 coming in the second half and the Mustang defense capitalized on two turnovers in the second half to defeat the Bulldogs on their home field.

Trailing 21-19 to start the second half the Mustangs had possession to begin the half and the Mustang ground game went to work. Starting at their own 20 the Mustangs covered the 80 yards in ten plays and Ashton Hutcherson carried five times for 45 yards on the drive and scored from eight yards away with 6:56 left in the third. Gray Eubanks ran in the two-point conversion to give the Mustangs a 27-21 lead.

Eubanks then kicked a line drive on the ensuing kickoff that bounced off a Bulldog and ricocheted backwards toward a Mustang and was recovered at the Bulldog 47. The Mustangs offense then continued to pound the line of scrimmage and went down the field in five plays and Eubanks ran it in from the one-yard line with 4:34 left in the third. Flowers scored on the two-point conversion and the Mustangs had turned a two-point deficit into a 35-21 lead in a span of eight minutes.

The Bulldogs then tried to mount a drive and reached the Mustang 17 in seven plays but Flowers who had two sacks on the night sacked Milan QB Andy Westbrooks on fourth down and the ball came loose and Jordan Willis recovered for the Mustangs at the Mustang 23. The Mustang offense made their only mistake of the night as Eubanks was intercepted on third down giving the ball back to Milan at the Mustang 48.

The Mustang defense held as the Bulldogs attempted a fourth down pass at the Huntingdon five and the Mustang took over and sealed the game with a six-play 95-yard drive that was aided by two 15-yard penalties on the Bulldogs and scored on a 27-yard touchdown run by C.J. Pelonero. Cole Chafin tacked on the point after and the Mustangs had a 41-21 win.

Milan scored first in the game after taking the opening kickoff and scored in two plays on a run from Carmelo Jones for 15 yards. The point after was good and the Bulldog led 7-0. The Mustangs responded with an 80-yard drive that lasted for 17 plays and took over eight minutes of the clock and the score came with Eubanks scoring on a three-yard run. Chafin tied the game at 7-7 with the point after.

The Bulldogs answered with a 49-yard pass play from Westbrooks to Carson Pruitt for 49 yards to take a 14-7 lead. The Mustangs then got within a point as Elijah Flowers scored on a five-yard run. The point after was missed leaving the score 14-13. The Mustangs took the lead after a Bulldog punt when Eubanks passed to Flowers who made an over the shoulder catch for a 35-yard scoring play. The two-point conversion failed and the Mustangs led 19-14. The Bulldogs then scored with eight seconds left as Pruitt caught a pass for ten yards to give the Bulldogs a 21-19 lead at the half but it was the last points of the night for Milan.

Huntingdon was led in rushing by Hutcherson with 171 yards on 28 carries and two TD’s. Flowers ran for 89 and scored twice and had a catch for 35. Eubanks gained 71 yards on 16 carries and scored twice. Milan was held to 59 yards rushing and 10 of 17 passing for 179 yards.

The Mustangs return to Paul Ward Stadium this Friday as they host Gibson County in a region match-up with a kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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