By Tim Huether
The Gordon-Rushville Mustangs rolled into Martin last Friday night for a cross-state football matchup with Bennett County and took home a 28-6 win. The fog also rolled in mid-way through the second quarter making it a muggy affair.
The Mustang’s Carson Hinn opened up the scoring with a one yard run with 7:46 to play in the first quarter. Juan De La Cruz kicked the extra point through for a 7-0 score.
The Mustangs were marching ahead on their next possession but fumbled to the Warriors Noah Kills In Sight at the five yard line.
The Mustangs intercepted a Warrior pass at the 24 and returned it to the 15 of the Warriors, then scored on a Kaden Vincent four yard run with :34 seconds to play in the first quarter. The De La Cruz kick was good making it 14-0.
The Warriors could not score in the second quarter but played solid defense with interceptions by Jared Harris and Isaiah Johnson leading the way, and the half ended at 14-0.
Gordon-Rushville scored on a Tommy Bragg one yard run with 2:48 mark, followed by a Carson Hinn run for conversion, putting the Mustangs up 22-0. Bragg scored on a two yard run with 2:33 to play in the game to end the Mustang scoring. Tee Allen blocked the kick after making it 28-0.
The Warriors used a late drive, capped by a Tee Allen long run, then a five yard touchdown making the final 28-6 after the run for conversion failed.
Senior Tee Allen had a monster game with 22 tackles, 11 of them solo, and a blocked extra point.
Junior Weston Ireland was all over the field on defense, wrapping up 14 tackles in an outstanding effort for the Warriors.
Coach Tucker Risse’s game comments:
“In our game Friday night, we stepped onto the field with respect for a Gordon-Rushville team who just lost a fellow teammate and friend. Life is bigger than football and we all live in this world together, hopefully making it a better place. Our team played better than they have, but we still have a lot we need to work on. Little by little we will keep plugging away trying to get better.”
“Offensively, we exposed some of their weaknesses, but weren’t able to capitalize as much as we wanted to,” said Risse. “Defensively, we showed some positive things, but we didn’t contain our gaps as well as we needed to and that resulted in them having some big plays. Hopefully we can finish the season 3-0. We have the potential.”
Rushing: Weston Ireland 3 carries for 30 yards; Tee Allen 4 carries for 51 yards, 1 touchdown; Jared Harris 1 carry for 3 yards; Isaiah Johnson 7 carries for -20 yards; Tristan Richards 4 carries for -3 yards
Passing: Isaiah Johnson 1-11 for 38 yards, 2 interceptions; Tee Allen 0-4, 2 interceptions
Receiving: Tee Allen 1 for 38 yards
Defense: Weston Ireland 4 solo, 10 assisted tackles; Ty Allen 4 solo, 3 assisted tackles; Tee Allen 11 solo, 11 assisted tackles, 1 blocked kick; Jared Harris 4 solo tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception; Isaiah Johnson 4 solo tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception; Gabe Fanning 4 solo, 1 assisted tackle, 1 fumble recovery; Henry Johnson 2 solo, 5 assisted tackles; Chuckie Cottier 3 assisted tackles; Titan Soderlin 4 solo, 4 assisted tackles; Noah Kills In Sight 1 assisted tackle, 1 fumble recovery; Elijah Johnson 1 solo, 6 assisted tackles; Sam Byrne 1 solo, 1 assisted tackle