The Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs took the Class 3A District 2 title on Friday, Oct. 13 when they beat the Boone Toreadors 35-14. This is the fourth time out of the last five years that the Mustangs have claimed the district title and have made playoffs.
Quarterback Damon Clapper finished the game with 20 passing attempts and 10 completions. Clapper had 129 passing yards and finished the game with a quarterback rating of 104.2.
Clapper also scored one rushing touchdown in the second quarter for three yards. He had seven rushing attempts for 49 yards against the Toreadors.
Tanner Epple led the Mustangs in rushing yards. Epple had 13 rushing attempts for 116 yards. He also scored three touchdowns, the longest being for 43 yards in the fourth quarter.
Luke Fistler was the third leader in rushing yards for the Mustangs. He finished the game with 16 attempts against the Toreadors for a total of 36 yards. Fistler scored the first touchdown of the game, with a one yard run into the end zone.
Epple was the Mustangs’ leading receiver as well. He had a total of six receptions for 92 yards. Garrett Belzer was the seconder leader. Belzer finished with one reception for 15 yards.
Kicker Austin James made all five of his attempts at PATs for the Mustangs.
“Very excited about the offensive output in this game, especially in the first half,” said coach Scott Heitland. “We really capitalized on our possessions in the first half and that was great to see. Tanner Epple continues to perform very well on offense being a threat for us in the run and the pass game. He has such great field vision and always seems to find an open alley to gain extra yardage. Damon Clapper also played very well from the QB position, one of his best of the seasons. Finally, I have to give credit to our offensive line - they have continued to get better each and every week throughout the season and it is great to see them playing well late in the season.”
The Mustangs’ defense was just as strong as their offense.
For tackles, the leader was Coty Lemon. Lemon had nine tackles at the end of the game; eight solo and two assists. He also had three solo tackles for loss and three solo sacks.
Brady Simmons was the second leader of tackles for the Mustangs. He had 8.5 tackles, seven of which were solo and three that were assists. Simmons also had two solo tackles for loss and two solo sacks.
Tyler Cooney was the third leader of tackles. Cooney had eight tackles, all of which were solo. He also had one solo tackle for loss.
Senior Trent Carpenter had the Mustangs’ seventh solo sack of the night. Carpenter was also a leader in tackles with his total of 6.5. He finished the game with five solo tackles and three tackle assists against the Toreadors.
“On defense, this unit continues to shine each night out,” Heitland said. “They had a great challenge ahead of them as the Boone offense is an explosive group that can score from anywhere on the field. To go out and hold them to negative yards rushing is a tremendous job and reflects the effort and preparation that they put in each week.”
The Mustangs won the game 35-14 to hold their perfect 8-0 record and lock in their playoff spot in two weeks. The Mustang finish up the regular season on Friday, Oct. 20 in Gilbert at 7:30 p.m.
“Overall, an excellent team win - many positives to take away and continue to build upon,” Heitland said. “Excited that this win locks us into a playoff spot with one week to go. We still have to come and prepare well this week to go and get one more win up at Gilbert. A great week of preparation and good focus should help us accomplish this goal.”