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Mustangs defeat Justice to secure top spot in league

Larry Banman
Sky-Hi News Sports Correspondent
Kremmling, CO Colorado

The West Grand Mustangs defeated Justice 58-38 on Saturday, Oct. 11, to improve their record to 5-1 and 3-0 in league play.

With two games left in the season, West Grand is in control of its own destiny in the Central Division of the North Conference.

In the first round of the playoffs, the top four teams of the Central Division will be pitted against the top four teams in the Plains Division. The top teams in each division will play the fourth-place team from the other division and the second place teams will be pitted against the third-place teams. The Plains Division includes powerhouse and traditional-rich teams like Merino, Dayspring Christian, Haxtun, Sedgwick County and Caliche.

In the game this past Saturday in Boulder, the Mustangs compiled 562 yards of total offense, while holding Justice to 232 yards of offense. The first half resembled a track meet while the second half was more of a slugfest.

There was some good hitting in the contest, as Justice may have been the most physical team the Mustangs have faced this year. Coach Chris Brown said he was pleased to see his team respond to the physical play and not back down from the contact.

The two teams scored early and often in the game, with West Grand leading, 30-16, after one quarter and 44-22 at the end of the first half.

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The Mustangs rumbled for 508 yards rushing in the game, with Travis Gore leading the way with 282 yards on 30 rushes. Luke Miller raced for 106 yards on nine carries while Chase Hill ran hard for 69 yards on 12 carries. Tim Ritschard netted 39 yards on three carries.

After the high-scoring first half, the teams actually battled to a scoreless tie in the third quarter. The Mustangs then put the game away with two touchdowns and a 58-22 lead before Justice scored twice at the very end of the game to secure the final margin.

The Mustang defense tightened up in the second half, and interceptions by Miller, Hill and Gore all helped keep Justice at bay.

In the scoring department, Ritschard scored one touchdown on the ground and one receiving. He also ran in one PAT and caught a pass for another. Miller scored on a one-yard run and Hill scored on a five-yard run early in the game. Gore was the leading scorer with four touchdown runs of 24, 45, 51 and 46 yards.

Gore scored two PATs on runs and Miller caught a pass for a PAT.

 What’s next

The Mustangs will play Soroco on Friday night in a 7 p.m. game in Kremmling and finish its season against Vail Christian on Saturday, Oct. 23. The Rams from Soroco defeated Vail Christian earlier in the season and narrowly lost to Justice. That makes this Friday night’s game a crucial league matchup.

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