In fishing, it's said that the one who doesn't catch any fish got "skunked."
Well, at least the Mustangs didn't get skunked Friday night, as they put up six points in the fourth stanza in a wrenching 20-6 loss to the Aurora Houn' Dawgs.
"Our little tight end, Issreal DeSantiago, made [the] run," said Head Coach Corey Henry, referring to the freshman. "I feel like we're getting better each week."
The loss was the Mustangs' second in the season, after Neosho ended a three-year winless drought with a 50-0 victory last week.
Friday's contest was dominated by Houn Dawgs, who put up points in the first stanza with a 15-yard run by running back Moses Martinez. The PAT try was no good, making it 6-0.
In the second quarter, wide receiver Billy Meredith grabbed a 14-yard lob from quarterback Payton Evans. A two-pont conversion failed.
Later in the quarter, Monett added insult to injury with a huge 91-yard interception return by running back Caelum Friggle. Evans shot a pass to Skylar Cahill for the two-point conversion.
And in the third stanza, Martinez had a 21-yard carry into the end zone for the Houn' Dawg's final TD. The PAT try was good.
Then came the Mustang's turn to shine, with DeSantiago's carry for six to close out the game.
Henry praised his team, and remained optimistic about his Mustangs.
"I feel like the team's going in the right direction," he said. "We fixed a lot of problems over last week, and we're in a position to get to where we need to be. We will keep fixing the mistakes and you'll see a better team next week than this week."