A close contest fell against the Dallas Center-Grimes football team Friday night as they took on the Boone Toreadors on the road.
Two late scores helped the Toreadors capture a 19-10 victory over the Mustangs, giving DC-G their sixth loss of the season.
The contest was a mixture of good and bad for the Mustangs which included their second 200 yard game of the season but also accumulated 90 penalty yards on the night. The game started off very much on a defensive note with both teams unable to find the end-zone through the first twelve minutes of play. It was a first quarter that Mustang head coach Scott Heitland felt very pleased about with his defense.
“Our defense did a great job in that first quarter making sure they kept the ball in front of them,” said Heitland. “We were crisp with our tackling and made sure we didn’t stray away from our assignments.”
The scoring began with Boone capping off a 12 play, 77 yard drive just two minutes into the second quarter. The Mustangs showed resiliency by answering just over five minutes later as they tied up the game on a 12 play, 40 yard drive capped off by a Zach Brand three yard touchdown run. That was part of another solid night for Brand who totaled 60 rushing yards and one touchdown on 20 carries.
Both teams would then head into the halftime break all tied up at 7-7.
Dallas Center-Grimes claimed what would be their only lead of the game when Austin James connected on a 22 yard field goal attempt with just under nine minutes left in the third quarter. That lead would not hold up for long as the Toreadors cashed in a five yard touchdown run with just over six minutes left in quarter number three.
Boone capped off the scoring in the final three minutes of the contest with a short field and a one yard touchdown run by Tyler Cosotti. That delivered the Toreadors a 19-10 lead which would hold on for the final game score.
The Mustangs totaled 264 yards of offense divided up into 98 rushing yards and 116 yards through the air. Ty Walker posted his second straight 100 plus yard passing game with those 116 yards. Walker did suffer two interceptions but overall coach Heitland saw a lot of good things out of his sophomore quarterback.
“For such a young quarterback, Ty put in another fine performance for his third week under center,” began Heitland. “He really showed improvement in progressing through his reads, connecting some strong passes, and keeping us in the game.”
The game also showcased a few other big things for coach Heitland, including former quarterback Garrett Morris. Morris gathered three and a half tackles and has really taken to helping the team out well in many other ways.
“I though we saw some great performances including another fine game from Garrett Morris,” began Heitland. “If anyone though we made a quarterback change away from Garrett just based on performance, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Ever since coming off of the quarterback position, Garrett has played just about every position we’ve asked him to from kick returning to cornerback. He’s helped us out a lot in many different ways.”
Unfortunately Morris’s performance was not enough to help the Mustangs get over their biggest hurdle this season.
“This game turned out to be more of what we’ve been battling against all season long so far,” said Heitland. “We had a chance in that second quarter to punch it in and make it 14-7 but we had to settle for a field goal. We still haven’t found a way to capitalize on more of our red-zone opportunities.”
The Mustangs will have a profound focus on connecting on as many opportunities as they can when they face off against Webster City this Friday night. Webster City currently rests with a 3-4 record and coming off of a 21-0 loss to Humboldt. In preparation for their home finale, the Mustangs might have an eye on what has turned out to be a potent rushing attack. Webster City boasts the 11th best rushing attack in all of Class 3A with 1,573 yards and 16 of their 18 total touchdowns on the season.
That rushing attack bears the most concern for coach Heitland and his squad for several reasons.
“First off, Webster City has an Iowa legend as a head coach, a guy who has always had a sound rushing attack at his disposal,” began Heitland. “This is a rushing attack that can really shorten a game and leave you with very few possessions on offense. We need to keep a hold of the ball and not turn the ball over, otherwise we could be looking at a shortened game with about 2-3 possessions less than normal.”
Kick off from DC-G Stadium will kick off the home finale at 7:30 p.m.