ANDERSON — McDonald County senior running back Israel DeSantiago, a player who had his role running the football reduced his junior season after a breakthrough season his sophomore year, gained 113 yards on 25 carries Friday night against the Marshfield Blue Jays.

ANDERSON — McDonald County senior running back Israel DeSantiago, a player who had his role running the football reduced his junior season after a breakthrough season his sophomore year, gained 113 yards on 25 carries Friday night against the Marshfield Blue Jays.
No yards proved more important than the 13 yards he gained in the second quarter that produced a 14-0 lead for the Mustangs, an advantage that would remain in a 14-7 win.
The Mustangs improved to 2-0 on the season and return to action Friday with their Big 8 Conference opener against the Seneca Indians at Earl Campbell Stadium.
McDonald County and Seneca enter this key early-season contest 2-0, both teams earning their wins outside the Big 8.
The Mustangs have won consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 6 and 7 in the 2012 season with wins over East Newton and Marshfield. That was the last season in which McDonald County won more than a single game.
McDonald County last won against Seneca in 2007.
On Friday night against Marshfield, senior quarterback Peyton Barton rushed for 48 yards on nine carries and passed for 41 yards on 4 of 11 accuracy.
Oakley Roessler added 43 yards on 10 carries and Timber Teague put together eight tough yards on six tough carries.
The Mustangs tallied 50 carries on the night, a swift departure from last season’s pass-delirious offensive scheme.
Cole DelosSantos caught half of the completed passes, two for 23 yards, while Micah Burkholder and Roessler each caught the other passes for nine yards each.
Marshfield quarterback Brock Utecht proved to be the spearhead of the Blue Jays’ attack, passing for 125 yards on 12-26 accuracy and rushing for 54 yards.
Jason Whittington’s 14-yard TD run in the fourth quarter closed out the scoring.