ANDERSON — Things have changed during Kellen Hoover’s first season as McDonald County head football coach.

One’s tempted to say, “These aren’t the Mustangs you used to know.”

For example, McDonald County ended a losing streak dating back to the 2015 season with a win in the season opener against Salem.

In another example, McDonald County defeated Cassville 21-14 on the Wildcats’ Homecoming and ended an extended losing streak to Cassville dating back to 2012.

In yet another example, McDonald County edged Monett 21-18 Friday night to end an 11-game losing streak against the Cubs dating back to the 1999 season.

The Mustangs scored all their points in the first half and eeked out the three-point victory. They will definitely take it.

Just 11 seconds after Monett made it a 14-6 game with a Cody Thompson 8-yard touchdown reception, Peyton Barton hit Cole DelosSantos on a 12-yard strike 24 seconds before halftime for that 15-point halftime advantage. The Mustangs traveled 50 yards in two plays and 11 seconds.

Kennedy Hodson scored on a 74-yard pass and catch only 50 seconds into the second quarter for a 14-0 Mustangs lead.

Late in the first quarter, Barton and Oakley Roessler’s 51-yard connection set up Israel DeSantiago for a 1-yard touchdown run.

McDonald County, 4-3 overall and 2-3 Big 8, continues its quest for a winning season in Week 8 against winless East Newton.

East Newton stepped outside the Big 8 Friday night to host El Dorado Springs for Homecoming and came away with a 46-0 defeat at the feet of the Bulldogs.

McDonald County looks to avenge a loss from last season to East Newton … and the Mustangs have already defeated four opponents this season they lost to during the previous season (Salem, Marshfield, Cassville, Monett).