by Clinton Bowman
Behind a powerful rushing game, Idalou dominated the line of scrimmage Friday night in a 41-7 win over the Mustangs in the season opener for both teams.
The Wildcats took the opening kickoff and wasted little time in moving the ball down field. It took them just nine plays to go 70 yards for the first TD of the game. After the successful PAT the Mustangs found themselves on the short end of a 7-0 score.
It appeared the Mustangs would counter that score when they also had little trouble moving the ball. However, three costly holding penalties along the way kept the Mustangs out of the endzone and with six minutes left in the initial quarter the Wildcats once again had possession.
This time the Idalou quarterback found a streaking tight end in the middle of the field that resulted in a 65-yard touchdown. Once again, the PAT was good that gave the hometown team a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Another Idalou score in the second stanza put the Mustangs on the short end of a 20-0 halftime score after a missed PAT.
The Mustangs, who won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, received the kickoff to start the second half, but a smothering Idalou defense resulted in a three and out first series.
After a bad Mustang punt Idalou had good field position and used it to their advantage to score once again. After the successful PAT the Mustangs found themselves on the short end of a 27-0 score.
Once again, the Mustangs had problems moving the ball and once again Idalou took advantage of good field position to up the score to 34-0 late in the third quarter.
Trailing 41-0 the Mustangs finally found the endzone on a 15-yard Mario Sanchez to Leonel Razo touchdown throw. The PAT was good for the final 41-7 score.
Sanchez had a good night completing 11 of 21 pass attempts for 104 yards. To that he added another 68 rushing yards on 17 carries.
Michael Farrell finished with 26 yards on 11 carries, Elijah Gutierrez had three yards on one carry and Uriel Rodriquez finished with a negative 5 yards on eight attempts.
However, Rodriquez did have a good night in the reception department hauling in 8 passes for 54 yards. Also cashing in on receiving passes was Aiden Shirley with one catch for 15 yards, Razo had the one touchdown catch for 15 yards, and Enrique Banuelas also had one catch for 20 yards.
The Mustangs finished with 196 total yards for the night.
They will be seeking their first win of the season when the host Littlefield on Friday night in a 7:30 start. Those Wildcats are fresh off a 56-0 drumming of Dimmitt.