Idalou pushed across a touchdown with less than a minute left to play to pull out an exciting 22-19 win Friday night on Mustangs home turf.
After leading 13-0 at intermission, the Mustangs gave up two touchdowns in the third quarter and fell behind 15-13 heading into the final 12 minutes of play. After trading punts to start the fourth quarter the Mustangs put together a 73 yard drive capped off by an Aaron Mendoza 12 yard run on a fourth down play. Going for the 2-point conversion quarterback Damian Gutierrez was stopped short of the goal keeping the score at 19-15 with 5:16 left in the game.
After Alexis Gonzales kicked the ball into the end zone on the ensuing kickoff the Wildcats took over on their 25. From there they scored the go ahead touchdown after a five play drive that included a 47 yard pass completion that looked like the receiver had stepped out of bounds at midfield. But the sideline official didn’t see it that way and the receiver ended up being tackled on the Mustangs 14 yard line. From there they drove the ball in for the go ahead touchdown.
But the Mustangs still had one last chance. With just under two minutes left Gutierrez used his passing game and some scrambling to get the Mustangs down to Idalou’s 19 yard line. Facing a fourth down the Mustangs went for the tying field goal. Gonzales had the distance, but was barely wide left from 37 yards out with :05 showing on the clock.
The Mustangs opened the scoring when Gutierrez found Everardo Navarette behind the defense and hit him in full stride for a 43 yard touchdown with 4:43 still left in the first quarter. Gonzales missed the extra point which turned out to be a very pivotal point in the game.
On the opening series Idalou used their patent sweeps to move the ball deep into Mustang territory on a 12 play drive. Facing fourth and five they attempted 32 yard field goal that hit the cross bar giving the Mustangs possession with 6:47 left in the first quarter.
Starting on their 20 the Mustangs went 80 yards in four plays climax by the Gutierrez to Navarette touchdown pass.
The two teams then traded out interceptions on their next two possessions.
Taking over on their 26 the Mustangs went 74 yards in five plays with Mendoza getting the touchdown with :19 left in the half. This time Gonzales was good on his PAT and the Mustangs went into the dressing room on top 13-0.
That set the stage for the exciting second half.
The Mustangs finished the game with 407 yards of total offense which included 204 yards rushing and 203 passing.
Aaron Mendoza had10 carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns, Mathew de la Rosa had 17 carries for 59 yards, Damian Gutierrez had eight carries for 71 yards, and Alexis Mendoza carried the ball two times for nine yards.
In the passing department Damian Gutierrez was 14 of 18 for 158 yards and one touchdown and Mathew de la Rosa was one of one for 45 yards.
Receiving Everardo Navarette had one catch for 43 yards and one touchdown, Ivan Villarreal had one reception for 18 yards, Nick Garza came up with three catches for 66 yards, Juan Lozoya had one catch for five 5 yards, Braden Galvan had two receptions for 20 yards, Mathew de la Rosa came down with four catches for 23 yards, and Nathaniel Cruz had three receptions for 28 yards.
The Mustangs kicked off district play on Friday with a trip to Brownfield. They will return home next Friday when they host Perryton.