Despite an explosive first quarter of play the Strayhorn Mustangs didn’t walk away with a victory in Friday’s matchup against the Walnut Wildcats, losing the game 52-28.
The Mustangs drew first blood early in the game with the first snap of the ball as Jaylan Skipper ran it back. The Mustangs opted to go for two and got the conversation making the score 8-0 with 11:31 on the clock in the first.
Walnut couldn’t find traction and went scoreless on their first possession before passing the ball back to the Mustangs.
Skipper didn’t waste time and once again ran the ball back adding to the lead. Again, the Mustangs went for two and crossed the goal line making the score 14-0 with 9:23 on the clock in the first quarter.
On the Wildcats next possession, they managed to put points on the board with a run and 2-point conversion making the score 14-8.
With 1:24 left on the clock in the first quarter Lamarion Tolbert added to the Mustangs lead by running the ball across the goal line. The PAT was no good, but the Mustangs were up 20-8.
In the second quarter of the game the story became dominated by the Wildcats. A few fumbled balls on the part of the Mustangs, allowed the Wildcats to smell blood in the water and capitalize with three unanswered touchdowns putting Walnut ahead with a 30-20 lead going into halftime.
In the second half of the game the Mustangs were able to tack on one more touchdown and 2-point conversion, but the Wildcats added 22 more points making the final 52-28.
Strayhorn will travel to East Union on Oct. 30 to take on the Urchins in the final regional game of the season for a 7 p.m. kickoff.