JV Stangs Fall to the Comets


Brady Ketchum

Coach Ben Knake celebrates after a touchdown

Brady Ketchum

West Liberty traveled to Mount Vernon to face off against the Mustangs this past Thursday in the first district game of the year. The Stangs were coming off a loss in week 4 to Maquoketa, looking to get back on track this week. Both Mount Vernon and West Liberty defenses came to play, keeping it a low scoring affair for much of the first quarter until cornerback Leo Appleton intercepted a pass from the West Liberty quarterback and returning it to the 25 yard line. On the very next play, running back Tyler Panos took it 75 yards for a touchdown making it 7-0 Mustangs. 

The Comet defense came up with a big interception, giving them the ball down 7-0 in the second quarter. West Liberty answered with touchdowns on consecutive drives and shutting down the Mustang offense, giving them the 14-7 lead going into halftime. 

Since the game was moved to Thursday due to weather, there was a time crunch, putting the game and parade on the same night and making the second half of the JV game a 16 minute running clock. 

The Mustang defense came up with a big stop on the first possession, giving the ball back to the Mustang offense. They went down the field and scored making it 14-13 Comets after missing the extra point to tie it. Both offenses stalled for the remainder of the game and the final score was 14-13 Comets. 

“It was a tough way to end it but I thought our guys did a good job competing all game,” said freshman quarterback and cornerback Henry Ryan. The Stangs hope to bounce back this week when they travel to Tipton to battle the Tigers.