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Football: Mustangs pecked by Cardinals, 18-0

by Larry Banman

The Mustangs of West Grand High School ran into what is likely the top team in the Western Slope League last Friday night and were shut out by the Grand Valley Cardinals, 18-0.

The Cardinals have one of the top receivers in the league in Tyler Jenson. The Mustangs were very effective in stopping Jenson, holding him without a catch for the game. In fact, the Cardinals didn’t complete a single pass throughout the game.

However, the ground attack for Grand Valley was very effective. The Cardinals gained 264 yards on 28 carries, much of it by William Waugh, who gained 172 yards on 11 carries.

Also gaining significant yardage was Colton Cowan, who gained 81 yards on 15 carries.

It was somewhat of a frustrating game for West Grand in that the Mustangs were able to stymie the Grand Valley offense most of the time. However, big plays set up all three touchdowns for the Cardinals.

Waugh ripped off a 65-yard run to set up the first score and he scored the third touchdown on a 52-yard blast up the middle.

The second Grand Valley touchdown was scored by Cowan on a 20-yard run.

The Mustangs were able to stop all three PAT efforts by Grand Valley. The first kick attempt sailed to the right. The Cardinals tried a two-point conversion after the second score, but Mackenzie Widener intercepted a pass intended for Jenson. Jake Motz blocked the third kick attempt.

The Mustangs started off the game moving the ball against the Cardinal defense. However, penalties stopped the drive. That was the story of the evening for West Grand. Either penalties or quarterback sacks stopped any offensive threats mounted by the Mustangs.

West Grand was able to gain 89 yards on 33 carries and 35 yards on two pass completions.

Other than the big plays from Grand Valley, the game consisted of both teams never really mustering much offense.

Louis Farrell for the Mustangs had the most yardage gained for West Grand. He rushed for 24 yards on five carries and caught two passes for 35 yards.

Motz was the leading ball carrier for West Grand with 32 yards on eight carries. Cory Davis had a total of 26 yards while Widener had seven yards, losing significant yardage on several sacks.

Widener completed the two passes to Farrell, and he also threw one interception.

This week the Mustangs travel again, this time to Rangely to face the Panthers. West Grand now has a record of 2-1 in league play and an overall mark of 3-2.

Their next home game will be against Meeker on Oct. 12. The Mustangs will travel to Buena Vista on Oct. 19 and finish at home with a contest against Paonia on Oct. 26.


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