Mustang wide receiver Diontre Smith hauls in a touchdown pass over an East Central defender.

The West Jones Mustang put on dominating performance last Friday, as they hosted the East Central Hornets for the opening round of the playoffs.

The game immediately went left for the Hornets on their first play when running back Grey Bradley’s fumble was scooped up by safety Braxton Graves who ran it back ten yards to put the Mustangs on the board first. Joseph Hernandez’s extra point put the Mustangs up 7-0.

The Hornet defense came up big later in the quarter by picking off Mustang quarterback Marlon Lindsey near midfield; however, the Hornet offense couldn't cash in on the turnover.

The Mustang offense closed out the first quarter with a score when Lindsey connected with wideout Rase Jones for a five-yard touchdown, with Hernandez’s extra point making it 14-0.

The Mustangs struck again in the second quarter when Lindsey aired it out to Graves for a 30-yard touchdown. Hernandez tacked on the extra point to put the Mustangs up 21-0 to close out the first half.

The Mustangs got the ball to start the second half and decided to test the ground game and came up huge when running back Kymurion Lindsey powered his way through several defenders, en route to a 40-yard touchdown. The extra point put the Mustangs up 28-0.

The Mustangs sustained a drive to the goal line, but the Hornets' defense stood strong, holding the Mustangs to a field goal to put them up 31-0.

The final score came in the third quarter when Lindsey found wideout Diontre Smith for a 30-yard touchdown. The extra point made the final score 38-0.

“Offensively, we have to get better running the ball, which we did in the second half. But we know what we’re good at, so we lean on that. Defensively, we’re going to find ways to score,” said Mustangs head coach Scott Pierson.

Mustang Quarterback Marlon Lindsey spoke on the performance after returning to the field after missing time to injury.

“It wasn’t my best performance; but as a team, we all lead each other. We communicated well, played hard, had fun, and came out with the win”

The Mustangs travel to Picayune on Friday to face the Maroon Tide for the second round of the 5A playoffs.