At times, the Mustangs looked like a team that would compete for the District 8-4A title as they dominated the Dutchtown Griffins, a first-year varsity program. However, the Mustangs struggled against the upstart Griffins.
In the end, Assumption had enough to outscore Dutchtown 24-12.
Assumption coach Don Torres said a lack of experience could be attributed to his team’s up and down play.
“I find we were a bit too tentative because we have a lot of new people playing new positions,” he said. “They weren’t too familiar with things, so hopefully they will use this as a learning tool.”
Early on, the Mustangs looked to be in midseason form as each team had three possessions starting at their own 30-yard line.
The Griffins couldn’t generate much offense, as they were unable to cross midfield in three possessions.
Assumption, on the other hand, had little trouble moving the football. The Mustangs mixed the run and the pass to quickly move down the field, and Cory Williams capped off the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run for a 6-0 lead. Neither team kicked extra points in the scrimmage.
The Mustangs kept on moving the football on their next possession. Quarterback Steven Mistretta sparked the drive by completing passes of 12, 10 and 13 yards. Carl Francis scored on a 1-yard run to give the Mustangs a 12-0 lead.
Mistretta also had a hot hand for the Mustangs as he finished the scrimmage 7 of 11 for 77 yards. Assumption had 219 yards of total offense in the scrimmage.
“We came our and played extremely well. In fact, we were flawless,” Torres said. “We didn’t have any drops (passes) and no incomplete passes.
“When you play flawless, good things will happen to you. I was really impressed with our first unit.”
Assumption’s second-string offense appeared to score the third touchdown of the game when quarterback Damian Jefferson tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Derrick McGailliard. However, the score was negated because of a holding penalty.
The Mustangs would not be denied as Jefferson scored on a 15-yard quarterback keeper. The score increased Assumption’s lead to 18-0.
With the help of a 46-yard run by Rayrence Marcelle, the Griffins were able to break onto the scoreboard on Josh Kent’s 10-yard run.
Dutchtown’s momentum was quickly erased on a big play from Assumption’s defense. Yashua Willis, the 2015 District 9-4A MVP, ripped the ball away from Luke Favorite and rambled 53 yards for the touchdown to give the Mustangs a 24-6 lead.
With a three touchdown lead, the Mustangs started to struggle on both sides of the ball.
The Griffins took advantage of the situation as they marched the field for another touchdown. Richard Jameson scored on a 5-yard run to make the score 24-12.
Assumption’s starting offense appeared to be on the verge of adding another score, but the drive ended when Macolm Babin intercepted a tipped pass from Mistretta.
After the interception, the Mustangs offense struggled to find any type of consistency for the rest of the game. The offense had a pair of fumbles and several penalties in its final possessions.
“It’s hard to overcome that,” Torres said. “You can’t overcome that. It doesn’t work that way. Mentally, we just got to learn to adjust to mistakes. That’s all there is to it.”