Mustangs 4-0 After Shutout of Lions
BY BRAD SAM
CAMDEN (September 8) — Quarterback and freshly-crowned Mr. HHS Kade Pearson put on a clinic Friday, leading his undefeated Mustangs on both sides of the ball to a 34-0 road shutout of the Class 3A Lions.
Pearson accounted for all five of Huntingdon’s touchdowns (three on the ground and two in the air) and lead the team in tackles as the Mustangs outgained Camden 331 yards to 16 in the lopsided contest.
Huntingdon won the coin toss and deferred for the fourth straight time this season.
Looking to establish defensive dominance early, the Mustangs allowed just three yards in Camden’s opening three-and-out.
Huntingdon quickly earned a first down, but a blocking penalty doomed the drive and forced
Photo courtesy Jason Bynum a punt.
Camden’s second drive gained traction after another Mustang penalty moved the chains. The Lions gained another first down with a pass across midfield, quarterback Landon Smith to Dalton Story. A dropped snap two plays later resulted in a huge loss, and the Lions punted again.
The Mustang drive began with offsetting penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct just before the end of a scoreless first frame. A late hit by Camden on the first play of the second gave Huntingdon a fresh set of downs in Lion territory. Kade Pearson threw incomplete, then Tyrese Mebane ran for five. Pearson kept and went 33 yards down to the 6. Mebane was stopped for a loss, then Pearson tossed to Hunter Ensley for an eight-yard touchdown. Mebane’s kick was good, and the Mustangs led, 7-0, with 10:16 left in the first half.
Huntingdon quickly forced another three-and-out deep in Lion territory. The punt set the Mustangs up near midfield.
Pearson kept for four, then Mebane took a direct snap for a short gain. Pearson ran for the first down, then passed to Mebane for another. Mustang Brandon Lawton gained just a yard, but had his face mask pulled for a Camden penalty. From the 23, Pearson threw to Kelby Pearson in the end zone, but incomplete. Next, the QB kept for six yards to move the chains. He ran twice more down to the 2, then dove across for the touchdown. Another Mebane kick gave Huntingdon a 14-0 lead with just over four minutes until intermission.
After another three-and-out with negative yardage, Camden punted.
Mebane took two direct snaps for a short loss and then no gain. Next, Pearson’s throw was intercepted by Lion Dalton Kelly, returned to the Mustang 29.
Smith threw incomplete, then caught a pass from Hunter Stettner for a first down at the 14. With under a minute to go, Smith kept for a short gain, then spiked the ball to stop the clock. Lawton nearly intercepted Smith’s next pass, and Mustang Austin Avery did come down with the fourthdown heave. Huntingdon gained eight and then took a shot deep before time expired in the second quarter.
The Mustangs received the ball to start the second half, but failed to move the chains on four tries.
Taking over in Huntingdon territory, Smith kept for a short gain, then failed to field a low snap eventually recovered by Mustang Clay Carver at the Lion 47.
Lawton and Pearson ran for a first down, then Mebane took two tries to move the chains again. Pearson did the same on two carries, and Mebane broke into the red zone. Pearson lost a pair, but followed with an eleven-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Willis. Mebane remained perfect on PATs, and the Mustangs led, 21-0, with 5:14 to go in the third.
Starting deep, the first Lion snap was bobbled and taken away by Mustang Connor Pinson.
Pearson threw incomplete twice, then handed off to Lawton for seven yards. On fourth-andthree from the 19, Pearson kept and drove his way to paydirt. The good kick quickly upped the Mustang lead to 28-0.
After another negative drive and a punt by Camden, Lawton took the first Mustang snap 19 yards across midfield. Elijah Wilkerson ran for 15, then Pearson threw to Ensley for 14. Pearson kept for two, then again for a four-yard score. Mebane finally missed, but the Huntingdon lead was 34-0.
Camden started near midfield with a five-yard run by Smith as the quarter ended.
To start the final frame, Huntingdon forced yet another three-and-out.
The next Mustang drive chewed up the clock, but penalties eventually doomed the effort.
The misstep merely gave the Huntingdon defense one more chance to shine, forcing one last negative drive and a punt.
The Mustangs’ second unit finished the final two minutes with short runs.
Huntingdon had 331 total yards of offense (56 passing, 275 rushing) on 69 plays while allowing Camden just 16 yards (38 passing, -22 rushing) on 36 plays.
Mustang quarterback Kade Pearson was five of 13 passing for 56 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. The leading receiver was Tyrese Mebane with two catches for 27 yards. Hunter Ensley had two receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown. Dallas Willis caught an eight-yard touchdown.
Kade Pearson led Mustang rushers with 20 carries for 142 yards with three touchdowns. Brandon Lawton rushed eight times for 48 yards. Elijah Wilkerson had four carries for 44, and Tyrese Mebane ran 13 times for 31 yards.
Kade Pearson also lead the defense with four tackles and three assists, including two sacks. Konnor Pearson had four tackles and a pair of assists. Dallas Willis had three takedowns and six assists. Devin McClerkin had three tackles and four assists, including a sack. Connor Pearson had one tackle and four assists, including a sack. Damion Byrd also had a sack.
The Mustangs (4-0, 1-0) will travel to McEwen High School Friday for a region matchup. Kickoff is 7 p.m.