JACKSON (August 26) — The Huntingdon Mustangs were able to rebound following their week one loss to McKenzie. Traveling to Jackson South Side, the Mustangs easily defeated the Hawks 41-13.
Coming into week two, Huntingdon made a few adjustments to the offense including shifting back to their trusty single-wing formation. By night’s end, the Mustangs accumulated 24 first downs with 484 yards rushing, 310 of which came in the second half. Huntingdon’s defense played a solid game keeping South Sides’ offense to 224 yards.
Leading the Mustang rushing game was Gray Eubanks with 154 yards, Elijah Flowers with 136 yards and Meal Leavitt with 50 yards.
The game opened with Jackson South Side receiving the opening kick and ending the opening series with a punt. Huntingdon’s opening drive took nearly the entire duration of the first quarter running 17 plays before turning the ball over on downs from the Hawk 20-yard-line with 1:55 to play in the opening quarter.
The Hawks were unable to score on their next possession and were forced to punt. Landon Gordon fielded the punt and turned the ball to mid-field. The Mustang offense faltered and turned the ball over on downs at the Hawk 30-yard-line.
Huntingdon’s next series lead to a two-yard touchdown on second-and-goal for Flowers. Cole Chafin’s extra point was good as the Mustangs led 7-0. On their next possession, the Mustangs closed the half with a touchdown pass from Eubanks to CJ Pelonero. Huntingdon led 13-0.
The Mustangs were unable to field the second-half kickoff. South Side recovered the squib kick but was unable to capitalize on the turnover.
Eubanks picked up the next touchdown from six yards out putting Huntingdon up 19-0 after the failed PAT.
On their next offensive series, the Mustangs scored from two yards out on first-and-goal. Gordon’s touchdown was followed by a successful two-point conversion.
As the third quarter drew close, the Hawks picked up their first touchdown of the night off a 65-yard pass from Noah Greene to Chuck Stokes. The PAT was good with a third-quarter score of 27-7 in favor of Huntingdon.
At the 9:28 mark of the fourth quarter, South Side scored a second time on a 71-yard pass. The Hawks trailed 27-13.
Huntingdon scored two additional times, the first was an 18-yard run by Brady Warbritton and the second by Flowers from 15 yards. Both PATs by Chafin were good putting the final score at 41-13.
The Mustangs moved to 1-1 for the season. Friday at 7 p.m., Huntingdon returns to Paul Ward Stadium to battle region foe Camden Lions.