The Huntingdon Mustangs improved to 4-0 for the season with a 52-20 win over Camden Friday night at Paul Ward Stadium in the 72nd meeting between the two schools.
The Mustangs now have won 59 of those meetings, and it was an offensive explosion that helped the Mustangs win their first three games prior to Friday night’s win over the Lions. The Mustangs smallest point total in any game so far has been 49 points in the season opening win over McKenzie. The Mustangs now have scored 219 points through four games for an average of over 52 points per game.
The Mustangs also had at least two backs go over 100 yards for the third time this season as they amassed 394 yards on the ground against Camden. Hunter Ensley, the Mustangs junior QB, led the way with 161 yards rushing for the game and scored twice. Brandon Lawton, junior RB, ran for 127 yards and scored three times and had a kick-off return for a touchdown.
The Mustangs, as they have in all four of their victories, got off to a fast start and after a defensive stop on Camden’s opening possession of the game and scored on the very first play the Mustangs ran from the line of scrimmage. After a punt to the Mustang 49, Lawton set sail for a 51-yard scamper to the end zone with 9:34 left on the first quarter clock. Cole Edwards, who has made 31 of his 32 extra point attempts for the season, tacked on the first of his seven for the night to give the Mustangs a 7-0 lead.
The Mustangs increased that lead on their next possession after another Lion punt, and the Mustangs, starting from their 37, found the end zone again in eight plays. Ensley scored the first of his two touchdowns on the night on a one-yard run that capped a drive in which Ensley scampered 22 yards to put the Mustangs in position to score. Edwards made the score 14-0 with 5:01 left in the first with the PAT.
The Lions scored their first points of the night on the ensuing kickoff as Camden’s Heath Daniel fielded the kickoff at his own six and found a running lane to the end zone for a Lion touchdown with a 94-yard kick-off return. The extra point was missed and the score was 14-6 with 4:49 left to go in the first quarter.
It didn’t take long for the Mustangs to get the points back as they started from their 37 and covered the distance in five plays to reach the end zone. Lawton scored his second touchdown of the night on a four-yard run. The drive again was aided by a 36-yard scamper by Ensley to set up the touchdown run by Lawton. Edwards pushed the score to 21-6 with the extra point and 2:12 remained in the quarter.
Camden was determined to give the Mustangs a run for their money on the night as they answered the Mustangs score with a score of their own. Starting at their 33 the Lions had their best offensive drive of the game as they used a strong running game to move down the field. The touchdown came early in the second quarter on the strangest play of the night. Jarius Jones got the carry from the Mustang 39 and after a gain of 15, lost the football. Quea Taylor pounced on the loose football and ran the rest of the way to the end zone for the touchdown. Ben Like converted the PAT, and the score was 21-13.
The eight-point margin didn’t last long as Lawton fielded a squib kick at the Mustang 33, found a gap in the Lion’s return unit, and outran defenders to the end zone for a 67-yard scoring play. Edwards’ kick was good again on the PAT, and the score with 9:54 left in the first half was 28-13.
The Mustangs defense then forced another Lion punt, and the Mustangs went 71 yards in eight plays to build their lead to 35-13. The touchdown came on a ten-yard sprint to the end zone. The extra point was good with 3:09 left in the half.
One of the most exciting moments came with just seconds left on the first half clock as the Mustangs took over after a Lion punt. The Mustangs, starting at their 39, gave the ball to Konnor Pearson for eight and 11 yards, and then Ensley threw a pass to Pearson for 17 before throwing an incomplete pass. The Mustangs, with very little time left on the clock, opted for a 46-yard field goal attempt from Edwards. Edwards drilled the kick through the uprights and the Mustangs took a 38-13 lead into the locker room.
The Mustangs started the second half with possession of the football, and the Lion defense forced the Mustangs to line up in punt formation. Dallas Willis the Mustang punter went into the motion of kicking and saw no rush coming. He then tucked the ball and outran the defense for a 62-yard touchdown with 10:02 left in the third. Edwards made the score 45-13 with the extra point.
Camden bounced back with their best drive of the night on the following possession by going 65 yards in 14 plays with Taylor scoring his second touchdown of the night on a three-yard run with 3:06 left in the third. Like was good on the extra point, and the score was 45-20.
The Mustangs added the final points of the night with 50 seconds left in the third quarter when Lawton capped off a 56-yard drive in five plays as Lawton scored from two yards out, and Edwards put the period on the final score as the Mustangs went to 4-0 for the season and Camden fell to 2-2.
The Mustangs will host McEwen in a Region 6-1A contest this Friday at Paul Ward Stadium.