Tight End Mason Jenkins looks for a lane in the Mustangs’ Thursday night victory against the War Eagles.

In what was an intense “clash of the titans” type ballgame between district rivals, both defenses were tested to the very end and left everything on the field.

In the first quarter, the Mustang defense was tested early after a punt was dropped and recovered by the War Eagles, to put the offense back on the field, and deep in Mustang territory. The Mustang defense held strong until War Eagle running back Isaiah Boyd ripped off a 40-yard touchdown, but to the Mustang’s relief, the touchdown was called back for holding.

In the second quarter, the Mustang defense was presented with a similar situation; however, Boyd’s 40-yard touchdown run stood and the War Eagle got on the board. The successful extra point put the War Eagles up 7-0.

The Mustangs tried to respond before the half expired, but a fumble recovery by the War Eagles killed their drive and ended the half.

The second half brought a new wind for the Mustangs as they came out more energized and focused. The Mustangs got on the board early in the third, when running back Kymurion Lindsey scored on a 10-yard run. The extra point was low after a mishandled hold, causing the Mustangs to trail the War Eagles 7-6.

Later in the quarter, Isaiah “Lunchmeat” Lindsey came up big from his defensive end position to sack War Eagle quarterback Cameron Holyfield to force a punt. The Mustang offense responded with an 85-yard drive, with a scoring run by tight end Mason Jenkins. Jenkins’ two-point conversion put the Mustangs ahead 14-7.

Within the final seconds of the third quarter, Holyfield was picked off by Mustang defensive back Braxton Graves.

The Mustangs’ ensuing offensive drive carried into the fourth quarter and ended with a fumble, which was recovered by the War Eagles. The War Eagles then turned it over to the Mustangs with an interception by defensive back Cameron Toney.

West Jones was able to do the final honors as they took the field to seal the Mustangs’ 14-7 victory with the “Victory” formation.

Coach Pierson raved about his team’s performance, mentioning “leadership” being the difference. “When the team is team-led, you win; and right now, this team is team-led.”

The Mustangs will host the East Central Hornets Friday for the opening round of the 5A playoffs.