The Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs played their Homecoming game Friday, Sept. 29 against the Webster City Lynx. Both teams walked into the game 5-0, but the Mustangs came out on top with a 20-0 victory.
“It was a great matchup for Homecoming,” said coach Scott Heitland, “it’s always exciting to have a big game on the week with all the events that lead up to it. We had a great crowd, they were loud and you could hear them numerous times in the game. Webster City is an outstanding football team and this was a great win for our coaches and kids. This is only the second time that they have been beaten in the last year and a half. They came into the game on with the best rushing attack in our class and one of the best in the state. We held them way under their game average and shut them out for the first time since 2012. In all, it was a real good game.”
It didn’t take long for the Mustangs to score their first touchdown. With seven and a half minutes left in the first quarter, Tanner Epple ran the ball into the end zone. The extra point was no good, though, and the score remained 6-0.
With an interception and a few completed passes, the Mustangs were able to move down the field and hold the Lynx back as the clock ticked down on the quarter. When the clock did run out, the Mustangs still led by six.
The ball went back and forth for a while in the second quarter. It wasn’t until there was just over six minutes left in the half that the Mustangs scored again.
After a fumble by the Lynx, the Mustangs were able to recover the ball at the 11-yard line. With a seven-yard gain on the next play, the Mustangs only had four yards to go before the end zone. Epple was the Mustang to run the ball the those last four yards for another touchdown.
Kicker Austin James made the PAT, and the Mustangs led the Lynx 13-0.
“I thought that we did a nice job controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” Heitland said. “We were not perfect by any means but over the course of the four quarters, I felt that we played very well. Our defense did a great job of limiting their very potent rushing attack, in addition, they got us four turnovers which is huge in a big game like that. On offense, I was very excited with the efforts of the offensive line and Tanner Epple. He had a big night with over 100 yards rushing and that was largely due to the good play of the guys up front.”
The Lynx held their next possession for nearly four minutes before the Mustangs could regain control of the ball.
When they finally had the ball back, looked as though the Mustangs would get another touchdown before the end of the half, but after a holding penalty and an interception, the score remained.
The Mustangs’ third touchdown came early in the third quarter.
The Lynx started with the ball, but their possession didn’t last long. The Lynx had fumbled the ball and Tyler Cooney recovered the ball to regain control for the Mustangs.
Within their possession, Epple was able to carry the ball 36 yards into the end zone, for his longest touchdown of the night. James followed the touchdown with the extra point, allowing the Mustangs to lead 20-0 with 10:52 left in the third quarter.
The rest of the quarter went back and forth, including an interception on both sides, the game went into the final quarter with the scoreboard reading 20-0.
The fourth quarter went back and forth as well. I wasn’t until there was about three minutes left in the game that the Mustangs were right next to the end zone again.
It was fourth down and just a few yards from goal, but with a tackle, the Mustangs fell just short of their fourth touchdown.
The Lynx took over the game until there was just one minute left and at that time, the Mustangs ran down the clock, taking a knee to end the game 20-0.
“As we enter the last third of the season,” Heitland said, “our team needs to just continue to work one week at a time - not overlook anyone - and realize that there are still many areas in which we can get better and improve. If we do that then I think that there are exciting things ahead.”
The Mustangs hold a perfect 6-0 record and their next game is on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. against Iowa Falls-Alden.