Welcome to our new web site!
To give our readers a chance to experience all that our new website has to offer, we have made all content freely avaiable, through October 1, 2018.
During this time, print and digital subscribers will not need to log in to view our stories or e-editions.
HUNTINGDON (September 7) — The Huntingdon Mustangs improved to 4-0 Friday with another dominant win, toppling the Class 3A Camden Lions 52-20.
Prior to the game, both teams honored the late Will Fisher, a former Mustang player and Camden coach, during the coin toss as captains for each side carried jerseys bearing his number 55 to midfield. Fisher, an assistant coach at Spring Hill High School, died September 2 at age 33.
Camden won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. Heath Daniel caught the kick around the 6 yard line and made a good return to the 42, stopped by Cole Edwards, the Huntingdon kicker. Despite the solid field position, the Lions quickly faced fourth-and-two at the 50. A dive by the quarterback Daniel yielded just a yard and Huntingdon took over.
Mustang Brandon Lawton took the first snap 51 yards for a touchdown. Edwards kicked the PAT, and Huntingdon led 7-0 with 9:34 remaining in the opening frame.
Edwards again kicked deep, and again Daniel made the return, this time from the 9 to the 28 with Bo McLemore on the stop. Camden went three-and-out, and the punt was downed at the Huntingdon 37.
Mustang quarterback Hunter Ensley kept the first snap for a short gain. Lawton then ran twice to bring up fourth-and-one. Ensley converted, then kept it again for a large gain down to the Lion 25. He repeated for a first-and-goal at the 7. Lawton took it to the 1, then Ensley punched it in with a plunge through the pile. Edwards kicked again, and the Mustangs led 14-0 with five minutes to play in the first.
Daniel’s third consecutive kickoff return was the charm as he ran it back 94 yards for Camden’s first touchdown of the game. The point-after kick sailed wide, and Huntingdon led 14-6.
The Lions opted for a bouncing squib on the kickoff, and Mustang Quinton Williams dove on the ball at the 38. After a Camden penalty, Ensley threw to Brett Huss for a first down. Two plays later, Lawton fought through several defenders to bring up third-and-inches at the Lion 43. Ensley gained 36 on a keeper for a first-and-goal. On the next snap, he was taken down on a horse collar tackle, resulting in a flurry of flags and another first-and-goal. Ensley plowed in for the four-yard score. After Edwards’ kick, Huntingdon led 21-6 with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter.
Camden started at the far 33 and quickly faced fourth-and-two as the game moved into the second quarter. The Mustang defense jumped offside to give the Lions a fresh set of downs. Two plays later, Daniel threw to Dalton Story, who escaped a pair of tackles for another first down. Story lost a yard, stopped by Lawton and McLemore. Camden’s power runningback, Quea Taylor gained four on his first touch, then ran for a 39-yard touchdown. Ben Like kicked the PAT, and the Mustang lead was cut to 21-13 with ten minutes left in the first half.
The ensuing kickoff took a high bounce into the hands of Lawton, who returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. After another kick by Edwards, Huntingdon led 28-13.
Camden went three-and-out on the next drive, punting from the 39.
The Mustangs took over at their own 29. Lawton ran to midfield, then Ensley threw incomplete. The quarterback then scrambled for no gain, but followed with a 14-yard keeper. Lawton moved the chains again, and Ensley followed suit down to the 15. Konnor Pearson gained five, then Ensley ran to the outside and dove into the pylon for a touchdown. Edwards kicked, and the Huntingdon lead grew to 35-13.
The Mustang defense again forced a three-and-out, the punt downed at the Huntingdon 38.
With the half winding down, Pearson ran twice for a first down, then caught a pass from Ensley for another. Ensley threw incomplete from the 28, leaving just 7.3 seconds on the clock. Edwards lined up and kicked a 46-yard field goal to give Huntingdon a 38-13 lead.
Edwards kicked low and Camden returned it to the Lion 48 with just over one second remaining. Daniel threw deep but incomplete as time expired.
Huntingdon received the second-half kickoff, but quickly faced fourth-and-six at the far 37. Dallas Willis lined up to punt, but instead ran to the outside for a 63-yard touchdown. Edwards kicked, and the Mustangs led 45-13 less than two minutes into the second half.
The Lions started the ensuing drive at the 35. Story and Taylor took turns pounding the ball over 13 plays, culminating in a three-yard score by Taylor. Like kicked the PAT, and the Huntingdon lead was cut to 45-20 with three minutes left in the third quarter.
A Camden onside kick attempt gave Huntingdon the ball at the 44. Lawton carried to the other 44 for a first down, then Pearson ran for eight. Ensley kept for 34 yards down to the 2, then Lawton carried it in. Edwards wrapped up a perfect night of kicking, and the Mustangs led 52-20 with under a minute to play in the third.
The Lions carried it into the fourth, but fumbled near midfield.
Huntingdon sent in reserves and went three-and-out.
Camden pounded the ball against the Mustangs’ second defensive unit, but eventually ran out of steam and turned the ball over on downs at the Huntingdon 27.
Mustangs Aden Hutcherson, Blake Bradley and Paxton Weir had carries to earn a pair of first downs and run out the clock on a 52-20 victory.
Quarterback Hunter Ensley led with 160 rushing yards on 13 carries with three touchdowns and was 2-for-4 through the air for 22 yards. Brandon Lawton ran 12 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns, with an additional touchdown on a 60-yard kickoff return. Dallas Willis had just one carry for a 63-yard touchdown on a fake punt.
Cole Edwards was 7-for-7 on PATs with a 46-yard field goal.
The Mustangs (4-0, 1-0) continue Region 6A play Friday as they host McEwen. Kickoff is 7 p.m.