Mustangs can’t catch a break

Football team makes mistakes

The Los Medanos Mustangs team runs out onto the field to play their week 6 game against College of the Redwoods. The Mustangs are coming off back to back wins and are looking to making it three in a row.

Juan Cebreiros, Staff Writer

The Mustangs were at home this week against the Redwoods Corsairs after coming off their second straight win against De Anza college the week prior. This game the Mustangs were without their starting Quarterback Jake Byrne as he was dealing with a right shoulder injury but would make his return as soon as Oct. 15. Backup Quarterback Brenden Bush looked to continue the team’s recent success and played well throwing for 400 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. However, he did not play a perfect game as he did fumble the ball twice and gave one up to the Corsairs. Receiver Matt Quesada had himself a game as he tallied in a team leading 12 receptions and 160 yards as well as a touchdown. The offense struggled many times throughout the game as they turned the ball over on downs on four straight drives at one point late in the second quarter and early in the third quarter. The Mustangs offense was abysmal in key situations as they converted only two of 13 third down attempts and three of eight fourth down attempts. Head coach Chris Shipe said “Our offense just has to execute better, they didn’t execute enough and that’s what cost us.”

The defense saw the same struggles the offense did as at times throughout the game they struggled to stop the Corsairs offensive attack. At times it seemed the Corsairs moved at will as apart from four punts, they scored every time they got the ball in their offense’s hands. The Mustangs were able to force a turnover with a fumble recovery but just weren’t able to string together consistent stops like they had been able to during their back to back wins. Late in the second quarter, while the Mustangs offense was struggling, the defense gave up 20 straight points which put the Mustangs in a 34-21 hole they weren’t able to climb out of.

The Mustangs offense clicked back on in the fourth quarter and were able to keep the game within one score, however their defense was chasing one stop to give their offense a chance to tie the game. A fumble with 5:47 left to go in the game by Mustangs Quarterback Brenden Bush sealed the Stangs fate as even with a quick score there just wasn’t enough time to score again without a miracle. The Mustangs took another heartbreaking one score loss 48-41, dropping them to 2-4 on the season as they hit the road next week to play undefeated Feather River College.