Mustangs destroy Middleton 70-0

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BREAK-UP – Huntingdon’s Pate Tippitt breaks up a Tiger pass during the Mustangs’ win over Middleton.

Efficient was the word to describe the Mustangs’ eighth win of the year as they blasted Middleton 70-0 to cap off an 8-2 season and an undefeated record in Region 6-1A at 6-0.

This is the fourth region title in a row for the Mustangs, and the win over the Tigers came on just 19 offensive plays for Huntingdon. The Mustangs scored on all nine possessions of the game, and 13 different players touched the ball out of the 19 plays. The longest drive of the game for the Mustangs consisted of four plays.

The Mustangs had seven different players score touchdowns, and Huntingdon’s defense recorded a safety. Through the first eight games of the season (one being a Covid win), the Mustangs have scored 166 points in seven games, but in the last two weeks, the Mustangs have scored 142 points with a 72-30 win over Perry County and the 70-0 win over Middleton.

The Mustangs led 50-0 at the end of the first quarter after scoring six touchdowns and a safety. Grant Bartholomew, who led the Mustangs with 91 yards in two carries, scored the first two touchdowns as the Mustangs scored three times on just three plays to begin the game. Bartholomew scored on runs of 49 and 42 for the first two scores of the game. Blake Bradley and Ethan Reliford added the two-point conversions after both touchdown runs by Bartholomew.

Bradley and Reliford scored the next two touchdowns for the Mustangs as Bradley scored on a 30-yard run and Reliford scored on an eight-yard run. Aden Hutcherson added the two-point conversions after both scores to build the Mustang lead to 32-0. Luke Furr and Blake Reeves then teamed up for a sack that resulted in a safety to make the score 34-0.

Tayshawn Rivers got in the scoring act on the Mustangs’ next possession by scoring on a 29-yard run and also scored on the two-point conversion to make the score 42-0. Ashton Hutcherson scored the final points of the first quarter on an 11-yard run, and Ty Kelley added the two-point conversion to make the score 50-0 at the end of one quarter.

Hutcherson then scored his second touchdown of the game to start the second quarter on a 19-yard run, and Kaleb Pearson ran in the two-point conversion to bump the score to 58-0.  Jaxx Bennett capped off the first half, scoring with a seven-yard run, and with a failed two-point conversion, the Mustangs took a 64-0 lead to the half.

The second half was shortened to six-minute quarters, and Middleton only had two possessions. The Mustangs had one possession, but they made the most of it by scoring the final points of the game on a 66-yard run by Eddie Woods.

BREAK-UP – Huntingdon’s Pate Tippitt breaks up a Tiger pass during the Mustangs’ win over Middleton.

The Mustangs ran for 337 yards on only 18 carries and passed once for 22. Middleton had 12 rushing plays for minus 38 yards and were 3-25 passing for 26 yards for the game.

The Mustangs will have a bye this week and will host a first-round playoff game on November 6.

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