Raiders unsaddle Mustangs
38 points scored in short time span
The Lakota-Edmore-Dakota Prairie (L-E-DP) Raiders didn’t take long to show fans who the winners would be Friday night at the Midway-Minto football field, defeating the Mustangs 38-8.
“We made a couple good stops on their first few possessions,” Mustangs’ coach Adam Fortwengler said. “There was about a seven or eight minute stretch at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarters where L-E-DP scored all 38 points. We turned the ball over a few times and had a punt blocked. Our offense put our defense in some really poor positions,” he said.
“Offensively, we moved the ball well in the second half, but then we would turn the ball over or have a penalty stall us,” Fortwengler said. “But we did put our defense in much better positions in the second half.”
“Offensively, it took a little more time to get things sorted out, but they kept working at it and we were able to move the ball in the second half,” Fortwengler said. “If we could take back those eight minutes, it would have been a really tight ballgame.”
In regard to the inclement weather, Fortwengler quickly dismissed that as impacting the game as a whole.
“No excuses,” he said. “The mistakes we made shouldn’t have happened regardless of the weather, but it certainly didn’t help matters.”
“Outside of an interception that was returned against us, our turnovers were either from pitches from the quarterback or from mishandled or high snaps,” Fortwengler said. “They showed a five-man line that we needed to be able to handle or attack the flanks with the option; the weather made passing very difficult and we couldn’t finish the pitches on the speed option.”
L-E-DP’s defensive line was responsible for the Mustangs’ troubles. “We tried to throw the ball to get them out of the front they were showing us, but we had some difficulty doing so,” Fortwengler said.
After that eight minute scoring spree in the first half, the only other score was a Mustangs’ 37-yard run by junior running back Matt Gonitzke in the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs will finish at home Saturday afternoon, with the North Border Eagles coming to town for a 2 p.m. kickoff.