Mustangs stomp undefeated CMB

Mustangs stomp undefeated CMB

by Gunnar Davis

Coming off three straight wins, the PCM Mustang football team knew they were going to have a tough challenge in their home game against CMB on Sept. 25. The undefeated Raiders were ranked ninth in class 2A and were also coming off a big 42-21 win against Nevada. The Mustangs battled all night, and they were able to pull of the upset in convincing fashion, 49-27.
The Mustangs received the kickoff to start the game and put together an eight-play, 68-yard touchdown drive, with senior Logan Littrell capping it off on a two-yard run, putting PCM up 7-0 early. CMB responded quickly, though, ending the drive with a junior Hunter McWhirter, 11-yard quarterback keeper, tying the game at seven apiece.
On the next possession for the Mustangs, senior quarterback Logan Gilman had a costly turnover when his pass was pass picked off by McWhirter, leading to a Raider touchdown. Gilman responded, though, and tied the game up at 14 when he threw a 15-yard touchdown to junior Noah Clark.
CMB received the kickoff and gave the ball right back to the Mustangs just a few plays later on a fumbled handoff. The Mustangs capitalized on the short field, scoring on a 6-yard run by Littrell. The Raiders scored right before halftime on a run by senior Brady Stover, making the score 21-21 headed into the break.
The second half was much different from the first, with the Mustang defense only allowing six points. Gilman threw two more touchdown passes to Clark, and the Mustangs also scored on a halfback pass from senior Clay Cooper to junior Luke Greiner.
“Nolin gave us a good halftime speech,” junior defensive-lineman Leevi Telfer said. “Telling us to get our heads in the game. We had to make the decision if we were going to stay laid back like we were, or if we were going to become a physical, bashing defensive-line. We came out, and I think we performed and executed well in the second half.”
Littrell led the Mustangs on offense, carrying the ball 24 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Gilman was 15-19 passing the ball, with 268 yards and three scores. Clark led the receiving corps, with five catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, senior Austin Sneller led the team with 12 total tackles. Littrell had 10 total tackles, and Telfer had eight-and-a half. Senior Reid Jenkins had six solo tackles and also had a fumble recovery.
The Mustangs move to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 in district play. They play their final non-district game this Friday, Oct. 3, against West Marshall in a homecoming showdown. The curtain-raiser game starts at 5 p.m. and the varsity game starts at 7:30.