Though the Mustangs kicked off to start their first round playoff game against Scobey, the Spartans did not have possession for long. A few well-placed tackles from Mustangs Corbin Wood and Jake Knack brought up a fourth down just a few seconds into the game.
Austin Baum sat back to receive the punt, and as soon as it hit his hands, he was in motion. Baum weaved through the entire Spartan special team for a touchdown with just under two minutes ticked off the clock. Making good on the conversion, Knack added two more points and Ennis had eight on the board. Though Scobey put up a tough fight, the Mustangs continued their winning streak, defeating the Spartans, 62 – 8.
“It was a good first round game,” said head coach Chris Hess. “We are excited to be playing another week.”
Ennis’ aggressive defense kept the Spartans scrambling – Scobey players were met with a thundering herd of Mustangs everywhere they tried to move the ball for the remainder of the first quarter.
On offense, the Mustangs capitalized on nearly every drive. Knack carried the ball into the end zone two more times, and the Mustangs had an impressive 22 – 0 lead heading into the second quarter.
Just a minute into the second, quarterback Tanner Wood launched the ball to his twin brother, C. Wood, who took it all the way into the end zone, and the Mustangs extended their lead, 28 – 0.
Again, the tough Mustang defense, led by Gavin McKitrick and Ty Morgan kept the Spartans far from the end zone.
With 7:44 left in the half, T. Wood connected with Knack who scored again. Baum made good on the two point conversion, and the Mustangs had 36 points to Scobey’s 0.
Then Ennis hit a second quarter slump. The Spartans made it into the end zone and got two points after, and the Mustang defense stumbled briefly.
On offense, T. Wood made it into the end zone, but there was a flag on the play and the ball was brought back to Ennis’ 25 yard line. A few plays later, Knack battled his way to the goal line for a touchdown, but a referee’s flag called it back again, bringing up a fourth down and a Mustang punt.
With Scobey back in possession and with momentum, the Mustangs needed a stop with the clock winding down on the first half. Enter C. Wood, who picked off a Spartan pass to put the ball back in Mustang hands. With less than a minute left in the half, T. Wood found Knack for another touchdown, and Ennis entered the locker room up 42 – 8.
The Spartans kicked off to start the second half, and on the next play T. Wood kept the ball and took it all the way, extending Ennis’ lead to 48 – 8.
The Mustangs continued to put points on the board with two more Knack touchdowns – one from a recovered Spartan fumble. After a scoreless fourth quarter, the Mustangs clinched their victory, 62 – 8.
Ennis’ total offense racked up 267 yards on 34 plays, averaging 10.8 yards per play. The powerhouse Mustang defense also sacked the Scobey quarterback five times for 29 yards. However, by the end of the game, Ennis had eight penalties, which resulted in 70 lost yards.
“We need to clean up some penalties, but overall played a good game,” Hess said.
This weekend, Ennis welcomes Cascade to Scully Field for a quarterfinal match up at 1 p.m.
Despite a strong showing from the Falcons, Twin Bridges’ season ended on the field in Belt on Oct. 29.
“We competed really well,” said head coach Brett Nordhal. “We had opportunities to put points on the board but didn’t get it done early in the game. We had a long touchdown called back from the third play from scrimmage, which would have helped us get momentum early. But it was called back and we ended up punting and (Belt) scored first.”
Though the Falcons played Belt close in the first quarter, thanks to a well-placed pass from Chace Guinnane to Wesley Harshbarger, they were unable to keep up, ultimately falling to Belt, 27 – 58.
Twin Bridges found their way into the end zone in each quarter, but the undefeated Belt team pulled slowly ahead. At the end of the game, Belt had 540 total yards to the Falcons’ 287.
“I’m really proud,” Nordhal said. “They stayed in the game the whole time and really competed.”