By Bill Engelhardt
Last Friday evening, September 3, the Mustangs of South Western hosted the Warriors of Gettysburg at the Mustang Corral and galloped and passed to a resounding 40-7 victory. Mustangs running back Mike Felton kept the offense moving with 78-yards rushing on 8 carries. He scored 4 rushing touchdowns and kicked 2 extra points, accounting for 26 of the 40 points for the Mustangs. Jesse Good and Zach Gross combined for 120-yards passing on 8 completions to round out the balanced offense.
The Mustangs opened the game with a 46-yard drive, featuring a 39-yard pass from Good to Tommy Nicklas. The Mustangs turned the ball over on downs with an incomplete pass at the Warriors 21-yard line.
The Warriors were only able to gain 16-yards in 5 plays and punted. The Mustangs returned the favor, punting after six play 19-yard drive. The Warriors started at their 7-yard line and ended a four play 13-yard drive that lost a yard by punting.
This time the Mustangs started at the Warriors 34-yard line after a nifty 17-yard punt return by Mike Pugh. Ryan Sexton ran to the 28, Jeff Hacker gained 19-yards to the 9-yard line, Sexton got to the 8 and Mike Felton galloped into the end zone to put the Mustangs up 6-0 with 37 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Warriors went 3 and out and the Mustangs launched a 2 play 62-yard drive. A 28-yrd pass from Good to Sexton was followed by a 34-yard touchdown sprint by Mike Felton. Tommy Nicklas then ran it in for a 2-point conversion and the Mustangs were up 14-0 at the 10:35 mark in the second quarter.
The Warriors then launched a two play 77-yard drive. D. J. Johnson gained 4-yards to the 27-yard line and Zach Hill raced 73-yards for a touchdown. Drew Myers extra point kick narrowed the score to 14-7 at the 10:04 mark in the second quarter. That was all the scoring the Warriors would muster.
Leonard Sturgis recovered a Warriors fumble and the Mustangs took over on the Warriors 33-yard line. Jeff Hacker ran to the 25-yard line and Felton sprinted in for a 25-yard touchdown. Felton kicked the extra point and the score went to 21-7 with 6:33 left in the half.
Another Warriors drive ended when Jake Shaffer recovered a fumble. The first half ended with the Mustangs in control of the score and the ball.
The Warriors opened the second half with a drive that ended on the first play when Carnie Fryfogle intercepted a pass. The Mustangs drove 34-yards in 5 plays, ending with Felton’s 11-yard touchdown run. His extra point kicked upped the score to 28-7 at the 10:17 mark in the third quarter.
The Warriors punted on their next drive and the Mustangs drove 43-yards in 7 plays, featuring an 8-yard pass from Good to Cody Kephart and a 13-yard pass to Mike Pugh, and ending with a 15-yard touchdown run by Pugh. That put the Mustangs up 34-7 with 4:32 left in the third quarter.
The Mustangs substituted liberally in the fourth quarter and tacked on another score. The Mustangs drive 80-yards in 13 plays, starting in the third quarter and ending at the 7:07 mark in the fourth quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run by Matt Stroda. That made the final score 40-7 in favor of the Mustangs.
Jaelen Langenfeld intercepted a Warriors pass and returned it 44-yards to the Warriors 40-yard line, and Dakotah Moses recovered a fumble for the Mustangs. Jesse Moe and Nick Miller returned the favor by recovering Mustangs fumbles for the Warriors.
Felton kicked off 5 times for 216-yards, with the longest going for 53-yards, and punted 3 times for 117-yards (for an average of 39-yards), with the longest going for 42-yards. Reid Cruz kicked off 2 times for 75-yards, with the longest going for 38-yards, for the Mustangs. Felton returned a kickoff for 30-yards and Pugh returned 3 punts for 24-yards, with the longest going for 17-yards, for the Mustangs.
Carnie Fryfogle, who had 9 tackles, an interception and a sack for the night, led the Mustangs defense; followed by Leonard Sturgis with 6 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass defense, Jake Shaffer with 6 tackles and 2 quarterback hurries, Mike Felton and Ryan Sexton with 6 tackles each, Aaron Bosley with 4 tackles, a sack and a pass hurry, Keith Pappas with 4 tackles and a sack, Matt Funk and Chad Kolper with 4 tackles each, Dakotah Moses with 3 tackles and a fumble recovery, Dillon Higgins with 3 tackles, a sack and a quarterback hurry, Brady Conroy, Marty Deal, and Josh Hertz with 3 tackles each, Devon Ackerman, Jeff Hacker, Cody Kephart, Dillon Langenfeld, Tommy Nicklas, Matt Stroda and Zach Townsend with 2 tackles each, Mike Pugh with 1 tackle and a pass defense, and Rich Delea, Casey Froehlich, Brandon Krise, Mike Mooradian, and Mike Trish with 1 tackle each. Jaelen Langenfeld’s 44-yard return of an interception also loomed big in the defensive picture.
Aaron Bosley, Brady Conroy, Carnie Fryfogle, Matt Funk, Josh Hertz, Jeff Hacker, Cody Kephart, Keith Pappas, Ryan Sexton, Jake Shaffer, Woody Stetter, and Leonard Sturgis, manned the offensive and defensive line and linebacker positions, with help from Ryan Dotson and Dillon Higgins. Marty Deal, Mike Felton, and Mike Pugh, patrolled the secondary, with help from Casey Froehlich, and late in the game Jaelen and Dillon Langenfeld, for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs gained 297-yards rushing and 120-yards passing for a total of 417-yards of offense. Quarterback Jesse Good completed 6 of 10 passes for 97-yards, and Zach Gross completed 2 of 2 passes for 23-yards. Tommy Nicklas caught 2 passes for 45-yards, Ryan Sexton caught 2 for 33-yards, Mike Pugh caught 1 for 13-yards, Brandon Krise caught 1 for 11-yards, Dillon Langenfeld caught 1 for 10-yards, and Cody Kephart caught 1 for 8-yards for the Mustangs. Mike Felton led the Mustangs rushing attack with his 8 carries for 78-yards (including 4 touchdowns for 8, 34, 26 and 14-yards), followed by Jeff Hacker with 14 for 76-yards, Pugh with 5 for 43-yards (including a 15-yard touchdown), Reid Cruz with 5 for 37-yards, Sexton with 6 for 33-yards, Matt Stroda with 5 for 24-yards (including a 6-yard touchdown), Dillon Langenfeld with 2 for 12-yards, Marty Deal with 1 carry for 2-yards, Carnie Fryfogle with 1 for 2-yards, Jesse Good with 1 for no yards, and Jake Hunt with 1 for minus 10-yards, for the Mustangs.
The Gettysburg Warriors rang up 147-yards rushing and 49-yards passing for a total of 196-yards gained. Junior quarterback Chase Whiteman completed 5 of 10 passes for the 49-yards, 2 for 27-yards to Benttion Hendricks, 2 for 22-yards to Bill Ballesteros, and 1 for no yards to Austin Re for the Warriors. Zach Hill led the Warriors rushing attack with 8 carries for 113-yards (including a 73-yard touchdown), followed by D. J. Johnson with 6 for 40-yards, Kurt Hoffman with 3 for 7-yards, Austin Re with 3 for 5-yards, Jordan Nye with 1 carry for 5-yards, Carson Merine with 1 for minus 4-yards, Drew Myers with 2 carries for minus 5-yards, and Whiteman with 7 carries for minus 14-yards, for the Warriors.
The Mustangs are hoping to contend for the Division I championship in the YAIAA this year.
The 9-time Cavalcade of Bands Champions, Tournament of Bands Group IV Champion and US Scholastic Band Champion South Western Mustangs Marching Band put on a stirring pregame performance and the Gettysburg Warriors Marching Band put on a rousing half time performance. The 25 gals and 1 guy making up the Mustangs Cheer Leading squad were very impressive as they roused the faithful.
The Mustangs of South Western are 1-0-0 overall and 0-0-0 in York Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) Division I league play.
Don Seidenstricker has a 184-79-1 (.700) record as coach of the Mustangs, who have a career record of 325-197-8. The results of the 530 games played in the history of the South Western Mustangs are a career .623 winning percentage and a .628 non-losing percentage.
Next week the Mustangs visit the Colts of Cedar Cliff. Cedar Cliff opened the season with a 28-14 win over the Bears of Elizabethtown. The Mustangs played great offense and great defense in their season opener. They are looking to continue in their winning tradition and make this a season to remember. GO MUSTANGS GO