A Juan Herrera 35-yard field goal with 4:20 left in the second quarter proved to be the difference in a defensive struggle as the Mustangs edged Brownfield 3-0 Friday night on the Cubs home turf.
The game was dominated by a stingy defense from both the Mustangs and Cubs that led to 11 combined punts. Those punts along with a reported 20 plus penalties on both sides of the ball made it hard for either team to find any rhythm throughout the game.
Herrera had the opportunity to make it 6-0 with 4:23 left in the third quarter, but this one was off the mark leaving the score at 3-0. The Mustangs forced five Cub turnovers including a crucial interception deep in the Mustangs end of the field with 1:35 left in the game. From there the Mustangs were able to run out the clock after an Alexis Mendoza 10-yard run gave the Mustangs a first and ten with less than a minute showing on the clock.
The first ten possessions by both teams resulted in four punts, a fake punt, four turnovers, and the successful field goal. The Cubs had the best field possession in the first half taking over twice on the Mustangs 45-yard line. The Mustangs intercepted a pass on the Cubs first possession and forced a fumble on the second possession.
In the second half alone, the defense from both teams was at its best with seven possessions ending with a punt, a missed field goal, and a Mustang interception at the end of the game.
The Mustangs finished the night with only 157 yards rushing and zero yards in the passing department. Their only completion was nullified with a holding penalty.
Quarterback Mario Sanchez was the leading rusher with 73 yards on 10 carries. Aaron Mendoza had 51 yards on 15 carries, and Alexis Mendoza had 41 yards on six carries including the big 10-yard gain late in the game. Sanchez was 0/7 in the passing department.
Unofficially the Cubs had 180 yards of total offense, 90 rushing, and 90 passing. They were hampered with five turnovers, two forced fumbles, and three interceptions.
The Mustangs will travel to Kermit on Friday while the Cubs will make the trip to Tornillo. The Yellowjackets share the district lead with the Mustangs after their 35-6 win over Tornillo.