It was just one of those nights where everything Seminole did was right and everything the Mustangs did was wrong, at least in the first half of play.
After forcing the Mustangs into a three and out series after the opening kickoff it just took Seminole three plays to light up the scoreboard on a 22 yard Jordan Matthews to James Hurston pass after starting the drive on their 21-yard line. The PAT was good and the stage was basically set for the night as the Indians seemed to score at will.
Things didn’t get any better for the Mustangs as their second possession resulted in a fumble on their 13-yard line. This time it took the Indians just two plays to cover those 13 yards. The PAT was no good leaving the Indians on top 13-0 with 6:57 remaining in the first quarter of play. Another three and out series by the Mustangs which started at their 15 forced a second punt by Josh Mills. This time the Indians started on their 41-yard line, but just like the previous two TD’s, it didn’t take the Indians long to add to their lead. Another missed PAT left the score at 19-0 with 11:14 left in the 2nd quarter.
After the Indians forced still another three and out the Mustang got their first break of the game. Starting at their 17-yard line Matthews fumbled the ball giving the Mustangs possession on the Indians 21-yard line. But once again the Indian defense stiffened forcing the Mustangs to turn over the ball on the 22, after a one-yard loss on four plays. Once again the Indians controlled the ball and the clock going the 78 yards in six plays with the big play being a 66-yard pass from Matthews to Hurston to set up a 3-yard run by sophomore Aiden Ward. The two-point conversion attempt was good giving the Indians a 27-0 halftime lead.
The Indians last TD came on a busted field goal attempt after the snap from the center was offline forcing kicker Dago Esquivel to grab the wayward ball. After running to his right he reversed his field and headed to the goal line and scored after a bone-crushing Jacob Freeman hit at the one-yard line. The PAT was once again no good leaving the score at 33-0 with 8:51 left in the game. The Mustangs lone score came after a seven-play drive from their 42-yard line. Aaron Mendoza scampered in from the nine-yard line and after the PAT from Juan Herrera the score was 33-7 with 7:02 left to play.
The Indians had one more opportunity to score deep in Mustang territory but opted to go into victory formation and let the clock run out for the final 33-7 score.
The Mustangs finished the night with 172 yards of offense that included118 yards rushing and 49 more in the passing department.
Aaron Mendoza led the Mustangs in the rushing department with 49 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. He was followed by Alexis Mendoza with 31 yards on six carries, Mario Sanchez had 13 yards on 12 attempts, Uriel Rodriguez finished with six yards on one carry, and Alejandro Chavarria had three carries for 19 yards.
Mario Sanchez was six of 11 for 49 yards passing. Nick Garza had one catch for 6 yards, Josh Mills came down with two catches for 22 yards, Alejandro Chavarria had two receptions for 14 yards, and Uriel Rodriquez had one catch for seven yards. Juan Herrera was good on his only PAT attempt.
The Indians had 347 yards of total offense. This included 188 and three touchdowns on the ground and another 159 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
The loss dropped the Mustangs season record to 2-3. They will be traveling to Reagan County on Friday to take on Big Lake in a scheduled 7:30 start. They will return home the following Friday for their last non-district contest against Crane.