Mustangs thrive in second half

Mustangs thrive in second half

Photo by Tracey Hernandez
The Javelinas started strong, but ultimately could not stop the Mustangs’ explosive offense.

The Javelinas trailed 10-7 at halftime this past Saturday against the Midwestern State University Mustangs, but unfortunately for them the Mustangs offense woke up and exploded for 38 straight unanswered points en route to a 48-7 blowout victory over the Javelinas.

The Javelinas saw their overall record fall to 1-8 on the season and their Lone Star Conference regular season record finish at 0-7 on the season. The Javelinas are currently on a seven game losing streak and a 13 game LSC losing streak and haven’t won a conference game since Nov. 10, 2012.

Senior wide receiver Musa Mahmud said that the team needs to keep their heads up as they head to the final two weeks of the season.

“At the end of the day we got to stay the course and continue to fight,” Mahmud said. “That’s one of the biggest things this season has taught me. At the end of the day I’m a Javelina with pride, despite everything happening, I’m playing for my teammates.”

The Javelinas started out the game trailing 3-0 before they found the end zone off a Shawn Vasquez five yard run gave the Javelinas a 7-3 lead with 12:53 in the second quarter.

The Mustangs started the second half trailing 10-7 and started the scoring with a Chauncey Harris 60 yards touchdown run that took two plays and 65 yards and gave the Mustangs a 17-7 victory with 14:28 left in the third quarter.

Just a couple minutes later receiver Statron Jones caught a 30-yard pass from Jake Glover that took three plays and 65 yards and took 1:31 seconds to give the Mustangs a 24-7 lead.

The Mustangs added their third touchdown in less than five minutes into the third quarter with a Don Jerry 19 yard run that took four plays, 56 yards and 0:43 seconds to give the Mustangs a commanding 31-7 lead.

The Mustangs added three more touchdowns on the evening to eventually take the game and earn them a playoff spot for the LSC championship.

The Javelinas as a team amassed a total of 96 rushing yards on 38 attempts and averaged 2.5 yards per carry.

The Javelinas passed for 51 total yards on 7-19 passing and averaged 2.7 yards per pass attempt.

The Javelinas put up a total of 147 offensive yards on 57 total plays run from scrimmage.

Midwestern State put up 351 yards on 54 attempts with Chauncey Harris leading the way with 17 carries on 171 yards and one touchdown. Chaz Adams led the receivers with three receptions for 26 yards on the evening.

Interim Head Coach Jaime Martinez said that mistakes caused the Javelinas to drop off from their play from the first half and that can’t happen against a team like the Mustangs.

“We let a couple things affect our play, we fumbled the kickoff and we let it snowball on us real quick,” Martinez said. “We can not let those things happen. We played good football in the first half. When you’re trailing it throws you off your gameplan.”

The Javelinas head to Eastern New Mexico for the first round of the LSC consolation playoffs; kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

James Espinosa
Sports Editor

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