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Junior Mustangs Trample MMS Rebels, 54-8
8/19/2014 2:37:50 PM
Last Updated:
8/27/2014 4:05:20 PM

Dejuan Raglin tallied three scores and 117 yards on 14 rushes for HMS, including this 37-yard jaunt, in the decisive win at McKenzie Thursday.

By Lindsey Arnold

MCKENZIE (August 22) McKenzie’s junior Rebels suffered a devastating loss in middle school football action Thursday night at the hands of visiting rival Huntingdon following an avalanche of Mustang touchdowns and five MMS turnovers. Huntingdon amassed 264 rushing yards on 26 carries.

Rebel quarterback Hunter Stafford scored his squad’s only touchdown with a four-yard scramble at the 5:42 mark of the first canto. Bryston Diggs accounted for most of the yardage on the march with three carries for 35 yards and one catch for 11 yards while Stafford had two carries for eight yards and the score. Receiver Tyler Spivey zipped six yards via end-around and Diggs powered past the goal-line for two points as the Rebels took a short-lived 8-0 lead.

Mustang Brandon Lawton returned the ensuing kickoff 35 yards to the McKenzie 26 yard line. Kelby Pearson then arced a 21-yard touchdown strike over the Rebel secondary to Dallas Willis. DaQuon Robinson ran in the two-point conversion to knot the score, 8-all, with 5:26 remaining in the frame.

Rebel Dashun Woodson returned the kickoff 20 yards to the McKenzie 27 before Diggs carried three yards on first down. Stafford laced a six-yard completion to Murphy Watkins before scrambling five yards for a first down. Mustang defenders Matthew Ellis, Keaton Kendall and Austin Avery each made tackles allowing no gain before a Diggs fumble was recovered by lineman Kendall to return possession to Huntingdon at its own 43 yard line at the 3:05 mark.

Robinson darted twice for 13 yards before Dejuan Raglin took his first carry of the contest 24 yards. Raglin added rushes of 17 and four yards, the latter for Huntingdon’s go-ahead score at the 1:30 mark. Raglin carried in the two-point conversion as the Mustangs took the lead, 16-8.

Huntingdon’s defense continued to dominate as Avery and Damion Byrd converged on Diggs four yards in the backfield and Dallas Willis tackled Diggs after a three yards gain. On third-and-six, Stafford passed a screen to Larson King but Mustang Kelby Pearson squarely tackled him for a two-yard loss before time expired in the first stanza. Stafford spiraled a miraculous 32-yard bomb to King on fourth-and-eight though two plays later Dallas Willis scooped up McKenzie’s second fumble at the Mustang 23 with 6:41 remaining the second quarter.

Robinson burst for gains six and eight yards before Raglin carried twice for 10 yards to the Huntingdon 47 yard line and another first down. Kelby Pearson jaunted seven yards following a Rebel offsides penalty, Raglin pushed for four yards and McKenzie was flagged again for offsides. Austin Hones bulled eight yards on his first carry of the contest and followed with another eight-yard rush to the McKenzie seven yard line. Huntingdon was flagged for holding before Dallas Willis sped 11 yards on third-and-nine. Rebels Nicholas Bills and Jack Fry dug in for gritty short-yardage tackles as Huntingdon faced first-and-goal at the three before Raglin capped the Mustang march via one-yard touchdown plunge with 22 seconds remaining in the half. Hones two-point rush was no good, though McKenzie trailed, 22-8. Rebel Stafford completed a 17-yard screen to Diggs as time expired on the half.

The Mustangs 32 unanswered second-half points began with a 50-yard Robinson touchdown. Robinson pounded the trenches for two points and Huntingdon’s lead increased, 30-8, 13 seconds into the third quarter.

Three plays into the ensuing Rebel drive Mustang corner Brandon Lawton intercepted a Stafford pass and returned it 28 yards to pay dirt at the 6:17 mark of the third clip. Robinson added two points as McKenzie trailed, 38-8.

McKenzie next drive was also stifled as Mustangs Konner Pearson, Hones and Willis made tackles preceding Raglin’s 16-yard interception return with 4:18 remaining in the frame.

Rebel defenders Spivey and Logan Austin each combined for a pair of tackles before Robinson sped 27 yards for his second score of the frame on fourth-and-two. Hones two point stomp crossed the goal-line as Huntingdon forced the mercy clock rule at the 1:42 mark of the period, 46-8.

Rebel Bills darted 11 yards on the following McKenzie first down before the defense recovered a fumble as time expired in the third quarter.

Two plays later, facing second-and-12, Raglin scampered 37 yards for the final touchdown of the match at the 6:12 mark of the final canto. Hones stomped for two points as HMS led, 54-8.

McKenzie’s Diggs returned the final kickoff 48 yards before the ball turned over on downs with 1:30 remaining following a four-and-out series. Huntingdon took a knee to preserve the 54-8 road blowout.

The Rebels next play Hollow Rock-Bruceton’s junior Tigers at Central on Thursday, August 28 with kickoff at 6:30 p.m.

The Mustangs next face Camden Middle School’s Lions at Camden on Thursday, September 4 with kickoff at 6:30 p.m.

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