SALEM — The McDonald County Mustangs began the Kellen Hoover Era in style with a 19-6 win Friday night over the Salem Tigers.

SALEM — The McDonald County Mustangs began the Kellen Hoover Era in style with a 19-6 win Friday night over the Salem Tigers.
The Mustangs took a 12-0 halftime behind an Oakley Roessler touchdown run and an Israel DeSantiago TD run following a fumble recovery on a kickoff.
Leading 12-6 late in the contest, senior quarterback Peyton Barton sealed the victory with a TD run … only 76 seconds remaining for the Tigers.
How long had it been for the Mustangs?
Week 4 of the 2015 season — on September 11, 2015, the Mustangs defeated the East Newton Patriots 41-6.
In that win, DeSantiago rushed for 107 yards and three scores on 21 carries, earning former head coach Corey Henry his final win as McDonald County head coach.
Officially, it had been 707 days since the last McDonald County football win or 101 weeks, nearly 17,000 hours, over a million minutes, and over 61 million seconds.
Any way you cut it, that’s a long time.
The Mustangs last won their season opener in 2007 (last season of the Southwest Conference) against Pryor (Oklahoma), 25-18. For all of their losing openers, barring last season against Salem, the Mustangs either played Monett, Lamar or Neosho.
Barack Obama was still President the last time McDonald County won any football game … George W. Bush was still President the last time the Mustangs won a season opener.
McDonald County — 1-0 overall — remains outside Big 8 Conference play in Week 2 and hosts Marshfield for the home opener.