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McEWEN (September 20) — The Huntingdon Mustangs traveled to McEwen Friday night for a Region 6-1A game. The Huntingdon offense wreaked havoc on the McEwen defense. After two hours and a running …
McEWEN (September 20) — The Huntingdon Mustangs traveled to McEwen Friday night for a Region 6-1A game. The Huntingdon offense wreaked havoc on the McEwen defense. After two hours and a running clock, the Mustangs outscored the Warriors 49-13.
For Huntingdon, Hunter Ensley and Brandon Lawton lead the offensive charge. Ensley had ten carries for 120 yards and five touchdowns (four rushing and one punt return). Lawton carried the ball seven times for 72 yards and one touchdown. Konnor Pearson had one carry for 54 yards and a touchdown. The total offensive yardage for Huntingdon was 290.
Excellent field position limited the Mustangs from racking up huge yardage during the night. McEwen’s punt team could not flip the field against Huntingdon, which allowed the Mustangs to work the short side of the field for the majority of the night.
McEwen opened the first quarter with high hopes and the lead at the 4:28 mark. A steady percolating offense by the Warriors moved the ball down the field 76 yards for the touchdown. McEwen’s quarterback, Hayden Colston lead the charge and scored, running the option most of the night. The extra point was no good.
Huntingdon closed the quarter with eight plays and the 7-6 lead with an Ensley touchdown with less than 6 seconds remaining. Cole Edwards hit his first of seven extra points on the night.
The Mustang defense worked cohesively making the necessary adjustments to contain the Warriors. Bo McLemore and Devin McClerkin led the Huntingdon defense in key stops forcing McEwen to punt.
A 15-yard punt left the Mustangs 33 yards away from the end zone. On first-and-ten, Ensley crossed the goal line with 9:04 left to play in the half. Huntingdon led 14-6, following the successful PAT.
The next series for McEwen sputtered and a short punt left Huntingdon with prime field position. Two offensive plays put the Mustangs back in the end zone with Ensley’s third touchdown. Edwards’ extra-point put Huntingdon up 21-6 with 5:24 left to play in the second quarter.
A three-and-out put the Mustangs taking over on offense near mid-field. Five plays resulted in Ensley’s fourth touchdown. The extra-point put the score 28-6 closing the first half.
The second half was much of the same for both teams. The strong Huntingdon defense stalled all up one offensive drive for McEwen, and the Mustangs dominated offensively spending their time on the Warrior side of the field.
Ensley scored his fifth and final touchdown of the game with a punt return from 50 yards out. Lawton had his first score of the night in the third quarter producing the running clock at the 4:02 mark. Edwards hit both PATs as Huntingdon lead 42-6.
Konnor Pearson scored Huntingdon’s final touchdown of the night from 54 yards out. With 8:20 left to play, the Mustangs lead 49-6. As the clock ticked away, Huntingdon began making substitutions as McEwen worked down the field with the starters.
With minutes to play, McEwen began to string together a series of first downs. The Warriors scored with 21 seconds on the clock, closing the game out with the PAT. The final score Huntingdon 49 McEwen 13.
Huntingdon remains unbeaten at 5-0 for the season with 2 wins in Region 6-1A. Next Friday night, the Mustangs host long time rival Milan (3-2). Kick-off is at 7 p.m. at Paul Ward Stadium.