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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Mustangs find offense in loss to Marshfield

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  • Marshfield scored 20 unanswered points in to start the game and never looked back as the Bluejays thumped McDonald County 58-22 on Friday at Marshfield High School.
    After falling behind 20-0, the Mustangs got their first score on an eight-yard run by running back Lavante Jackson, and Jake Wilkie hauled in a successful two-point conversion catch with 5:16 left in the second quarter to cut it to 20-8. The Bluejays answered with another score with 1:28 left in the half, however, and took a 26-8 lead into halftime.
    The Mustangs would answer in the early stages of the third quarter with their second score when receiver Cooper Underwood went high over Marshfield defenders to pull down a catch and raced 75 yards to cut the deficit to 26-14. They were clearly still in it at that point, but the Bluejays scored twice to push it to 36-14 before the Mustangs scored again on an Evan Acuff reception and Underwood two-point conversion catch with 3:13 left in the third to make it 36-22. Marshfield closed it with 22 unanswered points.
    There was no shortage of offense in the game. Bluejays senior quarterback Blayne Armstrong threw for 271 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Armstrong also ran for 131 yards on nine carries with two scores. Junior Aaron Livingston ran for 132 yards and two scores. Senior receiver Matt Clancy caught 12 passes for 138 yards and three TDs.
    After switching to the spread offense/zone read this week, the Mustangs immediately experienced their best offensive output of the season. Quarterback Jake Wood threw for 274 yards while completing 13 of 18 passes to four different receivers. The Mustangs racked up 370 total yards of offense.
    “We still made too many mistakes, but we probably played our best offensive game of the year,” Mustangs coach Chris Gwartney said. “(Defensively) we let them have about 20 easy points off turnovers and stuff like that.
    “Offensively, we played pretty well. We had our best night rushing the ball. Lavante Jackson and Damian Monsalvo shared time at tailback and did a great job. It was the best job by our offensive line all year. They just did a great job of blocking and protecting. That’s the first time we’ve thrown for that many yards and our wide receivers did a great job.”
    The Mustangs (0-7) are at Nevada at 7 p.m. Friday.

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