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The Indiana Mustangs (1-1) will host the Midstate Steel (0-2) on Saturday, July 27th at Arsenal Technical High School. The gates open at 6 PM, and kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 7 thru college and seniors 55+ and children 6 and under and all military personnel will receive free admission.

Both teams are coming off losses last weekend – the Mustangs lost to the Chicago Thunder in a thunder-storm shortened game 17 – 0, and the Steel lost to Leyden Lions 19 – 13. This weekend’s game is critical since both teams are in the Northeast Division of the MSFL, and the divisional winner receives a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The Mustangs are still looking for quality offensive linemen, dedicated volunteers and business sponsors. Advertising opportunities are available ranging from $50 – $2,500. For more information, please contact James Stamper @ 765-681-1327 or Rich Castanias @ 317-379-4669.

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The MSFL Executive Board has decided to award each team that were scheduled to play the Shorewood Monarchs and the Terre Haute Wildcats victories by forfeit with a 2-0 score.  The Indiana Mustangs will benefit by gaining a forfeit win for a game that was scheduled to take place on September 7 at home but this will now serve as an additional bye week for the team.  The Board also said that if a team fills the week with a game then that would be acceptable but stats against teams outside of the MSFL will not be counted toward MSFL stats.

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Indiana defeats Chicago, 41-38

Indiana defeats Chicago, 41-38

When two teams are named Mustangs, it was only befitting that the action resembled the famous shootout at OK Corral with ten different lead changes occurring during the night.  In the closing seconds of the game, Indiana trailed 38 – 34 when Indiana’s quarterback Eric Hooks (North Central HS; U. of St. Francis) found Jerimy Finch (Warren Central HS; Marian U.) for a ten-yard touchdown reception and the lead 41 – 38.  However, Chicago was not about to quit as they took the ensuring kickoff down to Indiana’s seven-yard line following back to back penalties on Indiana’s kickoff team.  With just eight seconds remaining, Finch once again came up with the big play as he intercepted Chicago’s quarterback David Skowronski in the end zone to seal Indiana’s home opener at Arsenal Tech High School.

Chicago opened the game with two quick scores and enjoyed a 13 – 0 lead at the end of the first quarter before Hooks found his favorite target from last year Gavin Wisel (Trine U.) for a 6-yard touchdown reception.  Running back Erick Harper (Arlington HS) punched in the two-point conversion.  On the next possession, Hooks found 6’4” receiver Kyle Wimberly (Warren Central HS) for a 61-yard touchdown reception.  Hooks also hit Paul Carter (Northwest HS; U. of St. Francis) for a touchdown to end the night with four touchdowns and 325 yards passing on 24 – 48.  One of the highlights was speedster James Sharp (Arlington HS) who took the handoff from Hooks for a 65-yard scamper down the sidelines and Dontae Hart (Ben Davis HS) also added a two-yard plunge to close out the scoring.

Defensively, the Mustangs were led by former Marian U.  All Conference linebacker, Dontae Crooks (Arsenal Tech HS) and Eric McKinney (Washington HS) who both finished the night with five tackles.  Crooks also added a sack and pass deflection.  Linebacker Demetrius Hall also had an interception for Indiana.

The Mustangs are headed to Chicago this Saturday to face four-time MSFL champions, Chicago Thunder.  The Thunder defeated the Mustangs in overtime last year during the MSFL playoffs, so the Mustangs are looking to avenge this loss.

The Mustangs are still looking for quality offensive linemen, dedicated volunteers and business sponsors.  Advertising opportunities are available ranging from $50 – $2,500.  For more information, please contact James Stamper (765-681-1327) or Rich Castanias (317-379-4669).

 

IN Mustangs vs Chi Mustangs Poster

IN Mustangs vs Chi Mustangs Poster

In the opening week of league play for the Mid States Football League (MSFL), the Indiana Mustangs will host the Chicago Mustangs on Saturday, July 13th at the beautifully-renovated, Arsenal Technical High School. Tech’s football stadium features a new turf field that was donated by the NFL following the 2012 Super Bowl. Gates open at 6 PM and kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM.

This year represents the Indiana Mustangs 23rd season, earning the team the distinction as the oldest and most successful semi-pro football in Indiana. Indiana will be looking to avenge last year’s loss to Chicago even though both teams made the MSFL playoffs last year. Both teams are members of the prestigious Mid States Football League (MSFL) which will feature twenty of the top semi-pro teams in the Midwest covering Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

The Chicago Mustangs will feature former Illini quarterback, Juice Williams at the helm of the offense. Williams recently wrapped up his second season with the Chicago Slaughter of the professional Indoor Football League. The Slaughter roster also included two Indiana players in Jerimy Finch (Warren Central HS and Marian) and Madison Miller (Arlington HS and Indiana State). The Indiana Mustangs will be led offensively by standout quarterback Eric Hooks (North Central HS and St. Francis) , and he will have a host of talented receivers to choose from including one of the league’s top receivers last year Gavin Wisel (Trine U.), Jeff McClure (Brownsburg HS, Marian U.), Paul Carter (Northwest HS and St. Francis), James Sharp (Arlington HS) and speedy newcomer Jasper Johnson (Ben Davis HS).

Defensively the Mustangs will be led by former Buffalo Bill player Madison Miller, Jerimy Finch, three former Hoosiers – Stefan Osby, Darius Johnson and Freddy Jones and former Marian All Conference players Dontae Crooks (Arsenal Tech), Jovan McCray and Wm Stubbs (Cathedral HS) along side two MSFL All Conference defensive ends, Michael Cupp (Danville HS) and Eric McKinney (Washington HS).

The Mustangs are still looking for quality offensive linemen, dedicated volunteers and business sponsors. Advertising opportunities are available ranging from $50 – $2,500. For more information, please contact James Stamper (765-681-1327) or Rich Castanias (317-379-4669).

 

2013 Indiana Mustangs

2013 Indiana Mustangs

The Mustangs are hosting an inner-squad scrimmage on Sunday, June 30th at Riverside Park.  Pregame warm-ups will begin at 5pm.  Defensive players will be in BLACK jerseys and Offensive players will be in WHITE jerseys for this scrimmage.

The team only has two more Sunday practices remaining (Jun 30th and July 7) before the season opener on July 13th. The team will take July 3rd off in observance of Independence Day. The 60-man roster at this time has been determined and has been turned into the MSFL head offices. Come check out the 2013 Indiana Mustangs before they host the Chicago Mustangs.

Mustangs Dance Auditions

Mustangs Dance Auditions

Auditions for the Indiana Mustangs new dance team will be coming up soon! If anyone is interested, this will be a dance team to excite the football fans. Due to its late start, the dance team’s main goal this year will be to make connections and bond with the crowd. Each year I hope to further our reach and become something truly amazing. Auditions will be held on June 23 from 3 PM to 5 PM at Starlight Dance Academy. The address is 189 N US Highway 31, Whiteland, IN 46184. Please contact me at (317) 919-6750 if you have any questions. Thank you!

kellihkirkwood@gmail.com

The Indiana Mustangs and Indiana Generals of the MidStates Football League (MSFL) hosted a double-header on Saturday at Roncalli High School with the Indiana Cutters and Marion County Crusaders who are members of the Interstate Football League (IFL).  The Mustangs defeated the Cutters 26 – 20 while the Generals dismantled the Crusaders 31 – 0 before the game was called late in the third quarter.

The Mustangs took their opening possession quickly downfield inside the Cutter red zone before back-to-back bad snaps moved the Mustangs back to midfield.  On the following play, the Cutters defense picked up another bad snap and returned the ball forty yards for the Cutters first score giving the Cutters an early 6 – 0 lead.

The Mustangs offense scored on the next possession when quarterback Eric Hooks (North Central HS; St. Francis) connected with former Ben Davis receiver Jasper Johnson for a fifty-five yard touchdown reception tying the score 6 – 6.  Late in the second quarter, the Mustangs defense led by former Marian-standout Dontae Crooks and three former IU players, Fred Jones, Darius Johnson and Jerimy Finch shutdown the Cutters offense.  The Cutters final drive of the first half ended in an interception by all-conference safety Stefan Osby.  On the final play of the first half, Hooks connected again with Jasper Johnson for a twenty-eight yard touchdown reception, tying the game 14 – 14 at halftime.

In the second half, Mustangs cornerback Donyea Robinson had an interception which set-up the Mustangs next score giving the Mustangs a 20 – 14 lead.  Early in the fourth quarter, Hooks hit former Marian receiver Jeff McClure for the Mustangs final score of the game providing a 26 – 14 lead.  The Cutters took their next possession inside the Mustangs red zone before turning over the ball.  The Cutter defense showing no signs of quit held the Mustangs offense to three downs, forcing the Mustangs to punt from the goal line.  Following another bad snap, the Cutters ended up with the football on the Mustangs two-yard line.  The Cutters scored on the following play narrowing the score to 26 – 20 with four minutes remaining in the game.  On the Mustangs final drive, Hooks connected on third down with his college teammate Paul Carter (Northwest HS; St. Francis U.)  as Carter worked his magic for a critical Mustang first down.  Hooks left the game with an injury forcing Paul Carter to take over at the helm.  Carter proceeded to run for two more first downs sealing the victory.

The Mustangs resume practice at Riverside Park this Wednesday at 6:30 pm.  The Mustangs are still looking for offensive linemen, dedicated volunteers and corporate sponsor for this season.  Advertising opportunities are available ranging from $50 – $2,500.  For more information, please contact either Rich Castanias (317) 379-4669 or James Stamper (765) 681-1327.

Indiana Mustangs Football

Indiana Mustangs Football