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Mustangs get win!

September 18th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

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The first possession of the game was a peak and valley experience that struck fear into the hearts of long time Mustang fans. The opening drive was well planned and executed as WNMU’s offense was able to use the run to march down the field, mixing in the Wildcat formation. The Stangs took 6 minutes off the clock and appeared ready to get into the end zone with a first and goal at the one yard line. Yeah Stangs!

But once again, a penalty pushed the Mustangs back to the 6 yard line changing the situation. WNMU couldn’t punch the ball into the end zone settling for a chip shot field goal. Now we’re starting the downhill slide, but it get’s worse. The FG attempt is blocked and OPSU returns if for a TD. It was a scenario we’ve seen too many times as Mustang fans over the years.

On the next possession, Tredonte Hill set up the offense with great field position after a huge kick off return. WNMU’s offense sputtered settling for a FG that was good. Then the Stangs took the lead with a TD but the 2 pt attempt was not good. Was this going to be another Mustang tease of it’s fans? Not so fast.

WNMU was able to take advantage of their talent edge and mistakes by the OPSU defense to build a 37-14 lead going into half time. Javia Hall threw the ball well as the Mustang wide receivers were able to get behind the defense. Xavier Ayers had only 2 catches in the first half but they were 75 & 25 yard TD catches. Not too shabby. Javia showed poise in the pocket and his 13 yard scoring pass to Gordie Longville while on the run gives Western fans hope that they have a solid starting QB.

Preston Blincoe ran the ball well, especially early, as did Javia. Give the offensive line credit. Those guys controlled the line of scrimmage early giving the Mustang backs room to run.

The Mustang defense gave up some yards in the second quarter and again in the third after being unbelievably stingy early in the game. But while Panhandle marched up and down the field, the Stangs only gave up two TDs. Their goal line stand keeping the Aggies out of the end zone on 4th and 1 1/2 may have just sealed the victory.

Typically, the Mustangs let down mentally in the third quarter but the big plays came on our side of the ball more so than the Aggies side. Yes, we had some mental lapses that led to scores but for the most part the Stangs limited their mistakes and made some big plays.

To be sure, while the Aggies lone win was against a D1 program, they aren’t the cream of the crop in the LSC, but if you want to win some games, this is what WNMU needs to do, beat the lesser teams handily. And they did that. The Aggies probably had a bit of an emotional let down after their win at AK Pine Bluff last week, an historic win for the program; the Mustangs need to learn from that and not let down on the road against UT Permian Basin. It’s a winnable game if we play like we did this week.

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