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Mustangs strike back!

Mustangs strike back!

The Indiana Mustangs (7 – 3) knocked off previously undefeated Indiana Generals 18 – 9 at Arsenal Tech High School during round two of the Mid States Football League playoffs.  The Mustangs were without the services of their starting quarterback and offensive coordinator, Eric Hooks as he was attending his wedding on Saturday which also resulted in a number of Mustang players arriving late to the game.  The Generals took advantage of the missing Mustang players and defensive coordinator by scoring on their opening drive to take an early 7 – 0 lead.  Following this  drive, the Mustangs defense shutdown the explosive Generals’ offense with big hits by Dontae Crook, Jovan McCray, Dontae Hart, Junior McKinnie, Carlton Summler, Paul Carter and Anthony Weather.

The Mustangs offense was led at quarterback by former 2005 Indiana Mr. Football Dexter Taylor (Warren Central and Marian U.) and All Conference defensive back Paul Carter (Northwest and U. of St. Francis) as both players did a masterful job sharing the quarterback duties especially considering the Mustangs were also without their all-star center Mario SiFuentes.  The Mustangs offensive strategy was simple – eliminate turnovers, shorten the game by running the football and keep the score close.  The Mustangs had five turnovers in their earlier loss to the Generals at the end of the regular season, and neither quarterback threw an interception on Saturday night.  The Mustangs used running backs James Sharp, Jerimy Finch, Erick Harper and Jovan McCray to surprise the Generals with a running game.

The Mustangs scored late in the first quarter on a two-yard run by Jerimy Finch (Warren Central and Marian U.).  The PAT was blocked, and the Generals held onto a narrow 7 – 6 lead.  In the closing minutes just prior to halftime, the stadium went completely dark similar to last year’s Super Bowl, forcing a twenty-minute delay before the lights could be restored.

The Mustangs were unable to capitalize coming out of the second half with the football as the offense continued to struggle with execution and communication problems.  On the Mustangs second possession of the second half, Dexter Taylor found Paul Carter on third down and long, and Carter made a spectacle acrobatic reception only to have the football jarred loose at mid-field.  However, the Mustangs were able to rely on their stingy defense to shutdown the rejuvenated Generals.

Early in the fourth quarter, Paul Carter scored on a quarterback sneak to take a 12 – 7 lead.  The Generals came roaring back on their next possession when the Generals receiver beat the Mustangs secondary for a forty-yard reception.  While nearly to the end zone, the Generals receiver was tracked down from behind by Anthony Weather who stripped the football loose as it fumbled out of the end zone, forcing a touchback and giving the football back to the Mustangs.  The Mustangs scored on the next possession when Paul Carter found 6’4” Kyle Wimberly (Warren Central) for a twenty-yard touchdown reception and an 18 – 7 lead.  With three minutes left in the game, the Mustangs took a safety, and the defense stepped up again led by a first down sack by Dontae Crook and another jolting hit by Junior McKinnie.  The Mustangs stopped the Generals on downs to preserve the victory.  Jerimy Finch, Anthony Weather and Jovan McCray each finished the night with an interception.

The Mustangs will now advance to the Eastern Conference Championship to face the Chicago Mustangs next Saturday.  The Chicago Mustangs only loss this year was to the Indiana Mustangs 41 – 38 in a shootout at Arsenal Tech HS.  The Chicago Mustangs defeated the Chicago Thunder 16 – 7 in their playoff game, and they are looking forward to hosting the rematch in Chicago.  Ironically, the MSFL has three teams using the name of Mustangs, and all three teams won their playoff games last weekend while two previously undefeated teams lost including defending league champions Racine Raiders.

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The Indiana Mustangs (6 – 3) will play the number one-seeded and undefeated Indiana Generals (8 – 0) on Saturday, September 28th at Arsenal Tech High School. This game is the 2nd Round of the Mid States Football League playoffs. The gates will open at 6 PM, and kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10, and children 13 and under are free.

The Mustangs are coming off a big win last weekend 36 – 30 over the Lincoln-Way Patriots. The Patriots scored 16 unanswered points with five minutes remaining to tie the score in the final minute of play. Mustangs quarterback Eric Hooks came up with his own last drive heroics by finding Kyle Wimberly for a 49-yard touchdown strike with just 47 seconds remaining to preserve the win. The Generals enjoyed a 1st round bye last weekend.

During the regular season, the Generals defeated the Mustangs 28 – 14 with the Mustangs giving up five turnovers including an interception for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Provided the Mustangs can eliminate turnovers, this should be an exciting playoff game with both teams loaded with an abundance of local talent. The winner will advance to the Eastern Conference Championship next week.

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Battle at the Top of the MSFL Northeast Division

Battle at the Top of the MSFL Northeast Division

The Indiana Mustangs (4-1) have not played a game since August 3rd’s 13-6 victory on the road at Lincoln-Way. The scheduled game against the Lake County Steelers resulted in a forfeit win for the Mustangs on August 17th. With the game scheduled against the Terre Haute Wildcats already forfieted to the Mustangs’ advantage, the team only has two remaining games, both on the road — this week against the Springfield Foxes (3-2) and the regular season finale against the Indiana Generals (5-0).

The Mustangs will be battling the Foxes this weekend in Springfield to hold on to 2nd place in the Eastern Conference (the Mustangs has the tie breaker against the Chicago Mustangs (4-1)) and set up what could be an epic division and conference regular season finale with the Generals on September 14th in Indianapolis. The Mustangs are looking to gain the top seed in the conference with wins over both the Foxes and the Generals, giving them homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

First on the agenda, the Springfield Foxes. After winning their first three games, the Foxes have dropped the last two (including a close one against the Indiana Generals). The Foxes will be coming out hungry and still have a chance to land a high position in the playoff picture. The Mustangs will have to be in playoff mode this weekend against the home squad. What should be a very good game that will shape the post-season will kickoff at 7 pm CDT at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School Football Stadium (1601 West Washington Street, Springfield, IL 62702).

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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.

 

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).

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.

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