Mustangs too much for Clarke

by Gunnar Davis

A playoff birth and a sixth-straight win was on the line for the PCM Mustang football team when they traveled to Osceola on Oct. 9 to take on the Clarke Indians. The Indians had lost 24 straight games, dating back to the 2013 season. The Mustangs made it 25, winning 42-6.
The Mustangs jumped on the Indians early, taking seven plays to drive 70 yards and score off an eight-yard senior Logan Littrell run. PCM’s defense held on the first offensive series for Clarke, and the Indians were forced to punt. The next drive was the same as the first, ending in a Mustang touchdown. This time the score came from freshman Wes Cummings, running it in from two yards out, making the score 14-0.
The defense held again for the Mustangs, but this time an interception pass from senior Logan Gilman gave the Indians the ball back. Nothing was doing the trick for the Indians, and they were forced to punt. The Mustang offense got back in their groove, and Littrell punched it in from the two-yard line, making the score 21-0.
Clarke’s only score of the game came on the next drive. They only needed three plays to drive down the field and score off a senior Rich Wilkins touchdown pass to junior Brandyne Olin.
From then on, it was all Mustangs. The defense held Clarke to only six points and took the ball away three times. The offense scored 42 points but also had four turnovers.
“We just need to touch up a bit on our fundamentals,” Head Coach Greg Bonnett said. “We need to be really, really smooth on our quarterback-running back exchange, really smooth on our spacing and alignments, route-running and basically ball security. You know, we need to tighten up all those fundamental things.”
Gilman led the charge through the air, completing 19 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns. Littrell and Cummings were the two-headed monster on the ground, combining for 154 yards and four scores. Senior Tyler Dredge had five catches for 132 yards and a touchdown, and junior Luke Greiner had seven catches for 105 yards a touchdown.
Senior Nathen Trausch led the defense with six tackles. Dredge also had an interception and a fumble recovery. Senior Reid Jenkins had the Mustangs’ other fumble recovery.
Bonnett said, “I’d like to keep on getting better, and if we can do that, I think we can get at least one home playoff game.”
The Mustangs have a good chance to do that, because if they win one of their next two games, a home playoff birth will be clinched. Their first of the two will be against the number-one ranked team in the Blue Demons this Friday, Oct. 16, at Albia.