By Jake Durgin-
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The Mount Vernon Mustangs freshman football team edged out the Beckman Blazers on Monday, Sept. 10, narrowly escaping with a 28-20 victory. The potential tying touchdown, a 70-yard pass from the Beckman quarterback to the wide receiver was called back due to holding.
The game was a story of big plays, with Mount Vernon’s running back Mickey Hines returning two kickoffs for touchdowns, and Mustang’s starting quarterback Tom Hook throwing two deep balls for to wide receiver Conner Herman. Beckman had their share of big plays as well, a 37-yard rush by their running back #22 downed on the one yard line, and an array of deep connections to the wide receiver #23.
When asked about the team’s performance, Tom replied saying, “In the beginning we were over confident but at the end we learned how good they were and that we had to step it up.” One could understand how they may come into the game over-confident. The undefeated Mount Vernon Mustangs had one the last game against 3A opponent the Solon Spartans by a large margin of 56-28. The Blazers came into the game with a record of 0 and 1, having lost their previous contest.
“Beckman had a good passing game, but we stopped them in the 4th quarter,” said Mickey. This was true; Beckman had a lot of success in the passing game but the Mustangs made plays when they needed to.
One of these plays was made by Mickey. His interception late in the fourth quarter pretty much sealed the deal, the Mustangs got the ball back and Tom proceeded to kneel the ball and let the clock countdown to a Mount Vernon victory.
The 2 and 0 Mustangs now move on to the Monticello Panthers. “I need to work on hitting the holes the linemen make,” said Mickey. Mickey and the rest of the Mustangs are looking to improve on this week’s narrow victory in next week’s match-up against the Panthers.