The Huntingdon Mustangs capped off a perfect Homecoming week as the Mustangs improved to 5-0 for the season and 2-0 within Region 6-1A with a 56-7 win over McEwen who entered the game tied atop the region with the Mustangs after one week of region games. The Mustangs won on the strength of an offense that has been piling up points this season with 275 points scored in five games and led the state in scoring average with 55 points per game. The Mustangs also capitalized on a couple of Warrior turnovers to score one defensive touchdown and create another.
The Mustangs faced a McEwen team that stayed with the Mustangs for the first quarter and were tied with the Mustangs at 7-7 early in the second quarter and were driving for a score trailing 14-7 when the game turned in the favor of the Mustangs. The Mustangs had forged ahead on a 47-yard run by Hunter Ensley with 10:37 left in the first half and McEwen had moved across midfield and into Mustang territory when Huntingdon’s Konnor Pearson made the defensive play of the game.
McEwen QB Hayden Colston carried off tackle on first down from the Mustang 46 and reached the 40 when Pearson stripped the ball carrier of the football and raced the other way for 60 yards for a touchdown and turned the game into a 21-point margin instead of what could have been a game tying drive by the Warriors.
The Mustangs had the opportunity to score early in the game on its opening possession but fumbled at the McEwen 12-yard line. The Mustang defense held and forced a Warrior punt and took over in excellent field position at the McEwen 42. Two plays later Ensley scored his first touchdown of the game on a 34-yard run and Cole Edwards tacked on the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 1:40 left in the first quarter.
The Warriors tied the score after the Mustangs muffed a punt and it fell in the arms of a McEwen Warrior at the Mustang 16. Two plays later Drew Wills bulled his way in from six yards with 11:27 left in the first half and Grayson Clark added the P.A.T. to tie the score at 7-7.
It took three plays and one minute for the Mustangs to get the points back. Starting at their own 35 the Mustangs picked up 18 yards on the first two plays and Ensley finished the drive with a 47-yard run to give the Mustangs a 14-7 lead after Edwards was good on the extra point. Pearson then pulled off the defensive play of the night to give the Mustangs a 14-point margin at 21-7.
Austin Avery, the Mustangs starting middle linebacker, then made a defensive play of his own by recovering a Warrior fumble at the McEwen 17. Daquon Robinson then ran for nine yards and then for seven yards and a touchdown with 6:17 left in the half and the Mustangs went from being up seven to a 28-7 lead with Edwards extra point in a span of five minutes off the clock.
Brandon Lawton then intercepted a Warrior pass and returned it for a touchdown but a penalty nullified a 60-yard return and the Mustangs took over after the third turnover of the game at the Warrior 40. Konnor Pearson who had scored the defensive touchdown earlier, scored an offensive touchdown on the next play as he found a hole off tackle for a 40-yard run and a touchdown. Edwards made the score 42-7 with the extra point with 3:12 left in the half.
The Mustangs then forced a Warrior punt and took over at their own 49 with just over a minute left in the half and their full complement of timeouts. The Mustangs then ran the old statue of Liberty play and Kelby Pearson gained 16 yards on the end around. Ensley then dropped back to throw and found Kelby Pearson just inside the end zone and dropped a beautiful throw to complete a 30-yard scoring play with 58 seconds left in the half. Edwards gave the Mustangs a 42-7 lead at the half.
The Mustangs started the second half with possession of the second half and a running clock because of the 35 point lead the Mustangs held at the break. The Mustangs then reeled off their longest scoring drive of the night as they marched 67 yards in nine plays and scored on the opening drive of the second half with a seven-yard run by Lawton with 6:10 left in the third. Edwards was good on the P.A.T. and the Mustangs led 49-7.
McEwen then mounted what appeared to be a scoring drive of their own against some of the Mustang reserves. The Warriors ran 14 plays from the line of scrimmage and was deep in Mustang territory before the Mustang defense stiffened and the Mustangs took over at their own five after a fourth down pass by McEwen fell incomplete. Two runs by Blake Bradley got the Mustangs out of the hole before freshman running back Aden Hutcherson scampered for 81 yards down the home sideline for a touchdown to put the finishing touches on a homecoming victory for the Mustangs with a 56-7 final score.
The Mustangs continue to pile up impressive offensive numbers as they ran for 406 yards in only 23 attempts for the night and totaled 436 yards of total offense while allowing McEwen 211 yards rushing and 10 yards passing. Ensley was the leading rusher for the Mustangs with 81 yards in just two carries and Konnor Pearson added 67 yards and a TD and Lawton rushed for 67 and a TD on eight carries and Hutcherson had 81 in his only carry of the night.
The Mustangs look to stay unbeaten against a 2-3 Milan team on the road this Friday with a kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.