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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Mustang homecoming to remember

  • After a slow start to the season, the McDonald County Mustangs are getting hot at the right time as they tore through Marshfield 48-14 on Friday to claim their second victory in as many weeks.
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  • After a slow start to the season, the McDonald County Mustangs are getting hot at the right time as they tore through Marshfield 48-14 on Friday to claim their second victory in as many weeks.
    True to their season, the start of Friday’s game wasn’t a good start for the Mustangs, but the finish, and it was impressive, was all that mattered. After falling behind to the Bluejays 14-0 in the first quarter, the Mustangs scored 48 unanswered points to close out the game.
    Yet again, their perseverance paid off.
    “We really think our kids rose to the occasion,” Mustangs coach Chris Gwartney said. “We had our backs to the wall early. They scored 14 points within the first six minutes and then our defense shut them down the rest of the night.”
    Indeed, the two Bluejays touchdowns came quick. They led 14-0 before many fans had a chance to get cozy in their seats on a brisk homecoming night. But the Mustangs were in a mood to make some memories of their own.
    Josh Serr kicked off the scoring for the Mustangs with a  75 yard touchdown run to make it 14-7. The defense then stopped the Bluejays to give the ball back to the offense and they marched the length of the field before Zach Peck hauled in a touchdown catch to even it at 14.
    The Mustangs, who typically like to run the football, had a solid night in both the air and on the ground. Peck hauled in two TD passes, and Jantsen Lynn rushed for 234 yards.
    Credit the offensive line and fullbacks for creating room for the offense to roam.
    “I thought our offensive line did a really good job and our two fullbacks, Travis Meador and Josh Serr, really knocked people around tonight,” Gwartney said. “We’re a tailback oriented team, but we don’t do far without those guys and our offensive line doing a great job of blocking and creating lanes.”
    The Mustangs (2-5) instead celebrated a homecoming the fans and players will likely never forget.
    “It was a good win for these kids on homecoming tonight,” Gwartney said. “It started out not so good, but it ended good and was a good night for them to always remember.”

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