Mustangs bags another victory

LMC's Gabe Taylor celebrates with teammates.
Cathie Lawrence
LMC’s Gabe Taylor celebrates with teammates.
Los Medanos scored its fourth win in a row against the Foothill Owls in a game not nearly as close as the box score would suggest.
LMC dominated on both sides of the ball at one point leading the Owls 28-0.
The Mustangs didn’t start out firing on all cylinders however, their first drive ended with a failed fourth down conversion try which gave Foothill excellent field position at their own 34 yard line.
The Mustang defense did its job and forced a quick three and out and on the ensuing punt, LMC’s Z’andre Givens almost took it all the way to the house but an illegal blocking penalty pushed LMC back to their own 45.
The offense again couldn’t move the ball and on second down Gabe Taylor’s pass was intercepted by Foothill’s Chris Lundy who the proceeded to fumble the ball only to have it be recovered by Foothill.
After the wacky double turnover, Foothill’s offense responded by going negative 25 yards in three plays and were forced to punt the ball back to LMC.
LMC finally put together a drive and set up to take their three points with a chip shot field goal from just outside the Foothill 10 yard however the kick was blocked by the Owls as another LMC position ended with no points.
Much like their previous positions, the Owls were not able to get anything going on their next position and punted it back to the Mustangs after only six plays.
After struggling all game to move the ball down the field, LMC scored on a two play drive that was capped off by a 28 yard touchdown catch by Jacob Puente from Taylor to make the score 7-0.
For the third time in the first half alone, LMC forced Foothill to bring out the punting unit after just three plays.
Building off of his last position, Taylor went 3/3 with another touchdown strike Puente again this time from 37 yards out.
Foothill’s next drive started out promising. They showed signs of life and moved the ball into LMC territory but a clutch forced fumble recovery by LMC negated any possible Owl scoring threat.
Aided by a few Foothill penalties, LMC moved the ball inside the Foothill 10 where Taylor completed the hat trick and tossed his third touchdown pass in as many drives, this time to Morgan Benjamin.
Freshman defensive back, Charlie Ramirez Jr., notched an interception right before halftime setting up the Mustangs inside Owl territory.
LMC made a quarterback change as Sohail Moshini came in and on his first drive found Puente on a 30 yard touchdown pass giving Puente a hat trick of his own.
The rout was on as LMC took a 28-0 lead into halftime.
Foothill came out firing in the second half as their quarterback Ken Cross passed and ran the ball into LMC side of the field.
Just when it looked like they were about to chip into the Mustangs four touchdown lead, they had a rushing touchdown called back due to a penalty. On the very next play Cross was intercepted by Derek Crenshaw ended the Owls chances of breaking the shutout.
The next Mustangs position ended in a three and out as the Owls took over at their own 29.
Foothill’s offense got the ball moving but like a handful of drives before this one ended with a turnover just outside the LMC red zone.
Foothill got the ball back and mounted an impressive drive that finally resulted in points. A Cross to Andrew Cairns pass for a touchdown. After a successful two-point conversion, the score was 28-8 in favor of LMC.
Taylor took the field at quarterback again and like he did during almost the entire first half, he lead the offense on a touch down drive ending it with a 74-yard bomb to Tyrone Roberts.
Foothill would go on to score a few more times and make the final score a more respectable 30-35 but that box score undermines just how dominate LMC was over the Owls.
With the win over Foothill LMC stands at 7-1 and is playing extremely well. Guard David Kinnicutt broke down why the team is playing at the level they are.
“I think the biggest thing is we are playing with heart. Regardless of the score or situation we know we have the ability t o change the game. I think that has been the key to our success this year,” said Kinnicutt.
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