Mustangs Win First Round of MSFL Playoffs

Posted: September 23, 2013 in Indiana Mustangs Football
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The Indiana Mustangs improved to 6 – 3 to survive a fourth quarter shootout with the Lincoln-Way Patriots on Saturday night at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis with the final score 36 – 30.  The Mustangs will now advance to the second round of the MSFL Playoffs in a rematch against cross-town rivals the Indiana Generals.

The Mustangs opened the scoring with a 41-yard field goal by kicker Matt Midkiff.  The Mustangs also scored two rushing scores on the night with a quarterback sneak by Eric Hooks and a 29-yard run by James Sharp with gave the Mustangs a 23 – 14 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the game.  On the Patriots next drive as they moved into scoring position, cornerback Paul Carter picked off Patriots quarterback Tony Powell in the end zone and returned the interception for a team record breaking 109-yard interception and a comfortable 30 – 14 lead.  It appeared that the Mustangs would secure a decisive victory.  However, the Lincoln-Way Patriots offense showed no quit led by the team’s elusive quarterback Powell who engineered two quick touchdowns and two-point conversions in the final five minutes to tie the game at 30.

With 1:07 left on the clock and no timeouts, the Mustangs began their final possession on their own 30-yard line.  After a quick toss to Paul Carter, who got out of bounds to stop the clock at the Patriot 49-yard line with only 47 ticks left in regulation. The Mustangs needed another big play to avoid playing an overtime period short-handed due to injuries. When it counted most, quarterback Hooks and the Mustangs offense delivered.  Thanks to a great effort by the make-shift offensive line, Hooks had time to survey the field and find Kyle Wimberly for a 49-yard scoring strike in the middle of the field with 40 seconds on the clock.

The Mustang defense, led with “pick-sixes” by Carter and Carlton Summler and huge hits by Jeremy Finch and Junior McKinnie, were able to stop the Patriot offense in crunch time to seal the win.  On Lincoln-Way’s final drive, great pressure from Dontae Crook, Dontae Hart, Michael Cupp and Eric ‘Smooth’ McKinney forced an intentional grounding call on 2nd down, putting the icing on the cake with loss of down and a ten-second run-off of the game clock.

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For more information on the Mustangs, please contact either Rich Castanias @ 317-379-4669 or James Stamper @ 765-681-1327.

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