Trojans stop Mustangs title quest
In one of
the hardest played games of the year, the Mustangs lost to the Coldspring
Trojans in the fourth round of the state playoffs. Numbers are cold and do not
tell the complete story. Seeing the game and feeling the emotion is a different
story. The score of 35-13 and the stats do not tell the complete story of how
hard the Mustangs played Friday night and how hard they worked to overcome the
adversity of the early part of the season.
In a pregame
interview Coach Cornell Thompson said, “This week was too short. We needed a
lot of time to work on this game. Coldspring has a strong offense and they have
a defense that has had five shutouts this season. They have three players that
can cause us a lot of problems. Their defensive line is the best we will have
faced this year.”
Gilbert would go into the game with close to 2000 yards rushing. Quarterback
Alfred Scott needs to be kept under strong pressure, and Colton Monroe can
block and run hard,” said Thompson.
concerns began to come true early in the first quarter when on the Mustang’s first
offense series their first play was a pass intercepted by Sherman Gilbert.
Gilbert made a 50 yard run for a touchdown. A good PAT put the score at 7-0
with 9:30 on the clock.
Renfro took the kickoff and ran it from the 16 yard line to the 39 yard line.
On the fifth play Mustangs quarterback Jimmy Salter tossed the ball to
Nathaniel Colbert. Colbert made a good run, a sidestep to avoid a Trojan and
crossed the goal line for the Mustang’s first touchdown. Jerquis Beasley went
to the sideline and put on his kicking shoe, came back, booted the ball across
the goal post and evened the score at 7-7.
kept the ball for three plays. On the fourth play the Trojans fumbled and the
Mustangs recovered and started to move the ball. The possession only lasted for
four plays and resulted in Salter being sacked two times. Faced with a fourth
and 26 yard situation the Mustangs were forced to punt.
Gang defense of the Mustangs kept the pressure on quarterback Scott and put
them in a fourth and 10 situation on the 44 yard line. Kaleb Morrison punted
the ball and the Mustangs took over.
On the first
play Salter handed the ball to Britton Lindsey and Lindsey made a run up the
middle for a first down. Lindsey made another run up the middle and gained
three or so yards. Salter passed to Colbert for another first down. A run by
Lindsey resulted in a three yard loss and on the next play the snap went low
and even though Salter was able to pick it up, it resulted in a rushed pass
attempt and the ball was intercepted by J.T. Wilson, a Trojan’s strong safety.
Salter was banged up on the play and limped off of the field.
took the ball with 40 seconds on the clock and played all out. By the time the
quarter ended they had earned two first downs.
opening minutes of the second quarter the trio of Scott, Gilbert, and Monroe
and caused the Chain Gang problems. They gained yardage on every play and in
spite of drawing a penalty, with less than 10 minutes on the clock they scored
another touchdown, made a good PAT and pulled ahead. The score went to 14-0.
back in the game, but Renfro was at quarterback. On his first play the Trojan
defense blew through the line and dropped him for a loss of nine yards. Renfro gained
two yards on a keeper, then, Salter took over at quarterback. A pass to Larry
Sonnier gained enough yardage for a first down. On a keeper Salter was dropped
in the pocket for a loss. Two plays later he connected with Colbert for a nice
12 yard gain. Lindsey went up the middle to gain three yards and the next play
was a razzle-dazzle reverse that faked out the Trojan defense. Lindsey made a
17 yard touchdown from the reverse. The PAT went wide and the score was 14-13,
Monroe, and Scott teamed up to gain yardage in spite of the best efforts of the
Chain Gang. On the seventh play of the possession a handoff from Scott to
Gilbert resulted in a touchdown and a good PAT. The Trojans widened the lead to
had trouble with overthrows and a pass attempt that the referee called “uncatchable.”
With the ball on the 20 yard line, Beasley attempted a field goal, but the ball
went wide to the right side.
clock ran out for the first half the Trojans had gained 237 yards, the Mustangs
126. The Trojans had earned 11 first downs, the Mustangs 9.
opening of the second half the Mustang’s offense kept the ball for four plays
and had to punt on the fifth play. J’Marcus Rhodes punted the ball and the
Trojans took over on the 18 yard line.
spent the night going into quick formation with little or no time in the
huddle. They moved the ball, but not enough and after 10 plays had to punt out
of trouble. Faced with a fourth and 12, they punted. Colbert caught the ball on
the 25 yard line with 4:42 left to play in the third quarter.
came back at quarterback and Salter took the ball for a run. A holding penalty
cost the Mustangs 10 yards. On the next play Abear Simien carried for a four
yard gain. Salter made two passes to Colbert that gained enough for a first
down. Salter ran a keeper for another first down. Things started to go bad for
the Mustangs and faced with a fourth and long situation from the 49 yard line,
Rhodes punted to the Trojans with 1:01 left in the quarter.
quarter ended with neither team scoring.
quarter play started with the Mustangs holding the Trojan offense to small
gains. Pushed back into the trouble zone, the Trojans attempted a field goal
from the 10 yard line. The ball went wide right for no score.
were not able to move like they needed and wanted to. Lindsey was held to small
gains. Salter had two incomplete pass attempts and they drew a penalty for an
illegal snap. Rhodes punted on a fourth and 14 situation and the Trojans took
the ball on the 50 yard line.
With 6:08 on
the clock, the Trojans scored for the first score of the half and put the score
The kick was
an onside kick and resulted in a Mustang touching and fumbling and the Trojans
recovering the ball.
Trojans third play, Gilbert crossed the goal again. The Trojans went into a
Power I formation and crossed the goal line for two points. The score was
made great offensive and defensive efforts. The Trojans kept the Mustangs from
crossing the goal line and the Mustangs made the closing minutes hard for the
Trojans. The closing score would be 35-13 with the Trojans passing to the next
round of the playoffs.
yardages were 482 for the Trojans and 215 for the Mustangs.
marked the first time since 2005 that the Mustangs had advanced this far in the
faced with a quality football team and we knew it coming into this game. All of
us knew it would be a hard fought battle. No one thought we would come this
far, but our kids played hard, we made some mistakes, but the kids came
through. We overcame a lot of things this season. At one time we had seven
starters out and we lost kids through eligibility and one quit the team. We had
a lot to overcome, but the kids did a fantastic job and we are really proud of
them,” said Thompson.