West Grand football preps for playoffs after going 7-2 in regular season play | SkyHiNews.com

West Grand football preps for playoffs after going 7-2 in regular season play

The playoffs start Saturday for the West Grand football team with the Mustangs taking on Merino on the road.

The 1 p.m. matchup features the ninth seeded Mustangs vs. No. 8 ranked Merino after West Grand handled Gilpin County 44-6 last Friday at home, which was also the Mustangs’ senior night.

In the game, West Grand scored early and often before the team opted to rest some of its starters. For his part, sophomore quarter Jesus Dominguez completed 3 of 5 passes for 44 yards while carrying the ball eight times for 75 yards with two rushing TDs.

Meanwhile, junior running back Rene Dominguez carried the ball 11 times for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Senior Marcus Sanchez (3 carries for 28 yards) and junior Tanner Brumley, who had one reception for 32 yards, also scored on the ground.

On defense, Alejandro Castanon led West Grand with a team-high 12 tackles. Additionally, Omar Dominguez recorded six tackles and an interception, and Austin Schake had seven tackles and two fumble recoveries. West Grand held Gilpin County scoreless until the fourth quarter.

With the victory, the Mustangs closed out their regular season at 7-2 overall, 5-1 in league play. That’s not a bad record at all, especially considering the Mustangs only had one starter back on defense and two on offense coming into the year.

Coach Chris Brown said the young team had some learning to do early in the season, but the boys caught on quick and have put together a pretty impressive season.

“We’ve had a good year,” the coach said heading into Saturday’s playoff game against Merino.

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