|Mustangs drop second straight|
|Written by News Desk|
|Thursday, 19 September 2013 17:06|
Mustangs' B.J. Smith (3) fights his way through the Eagles line in the first half.
Photo courtesy of LifeTouch
By ART PARKER
There was a fog in the atmosphere around Foshee-Henderson Stadium last Friday night. Some said it was a hazy steam. Whatever it was it seemed like a bad dream for the Stanhope Elmore (SEHS) Mustangs. The bad dream came in the form of a loss to region foe Oak Mountain. After being defeated 35-21 in their second consecutive region loss of the season the Mustangs are faced with an uphill battle to salvage a post season opportunity.
The worst part of Friday's bad dream was the turnovers, which was the name of the game in the match with Oak Mountain. The Mustangs paid dearly for their errors since 3 of those turnovers led to Oak Mountain scores. The other part of the turnover scenario is that the Eagles did not commit a turnover in the game.
The Mustangs couldn't stop the Eagles running game. "They ran a double slot formation like Georgia Tech. They didn't turn the ball over and we did a very poor job of tackling," Mustangs head coach Jeff Foshee said. "And that will tell you a lot about the outcome of the game."
Oak Mountain drove down the field in four minutes on its first possession and scored on a 15-yard run to culminate a 64 yard drive. Then, SEHS fumbled with about 3 minutes to go in the first quarter. The Eagles then scored on a 28-yard touchdown run. With about 10 minutes to go in the first half the Mustangs were behind 14-0.
SEHS quarterback Jaryus Wilson broke away for a huge 65-yard gain on the ﬁrst play of the next series for a touchdown and it looked like the Mustangs were back in it trailing only 14-7.
Mustangs Jarrett Houston (25) goes over a blocker to stop an Oak Mountain runner.
Photo courtesy Lifetouch
Oak Mountain went on to score twice after the Mustangs good fortune but just before the half Wilson connected with Jeremy Powers on an 80-yard touchdown strike, cutting the Eagles lead to 28-14 at intermission.
The Mustangs and the Eagles both scored once in the second half. Wilson ran for the final SEHS touchdown in the third quarter to round out the scoring 35-21.
"I know that we have talked about inexperience a lot this season, but it is what it is. We got a lot of young guys and we just lack some experience. I feel confident that our guys are giving their best and they are learning more every week. You just can't open up a can of experience and expect it to be there," Foshee said.
Stanhope Elmore is now 1-2 for the season and 1-2 in the region. Next week the Mustangs will host region foe Chelsea, which is 1-2 on the season. Like Stanhope Elmore, Chelsea opened the season facing a 5A school and recorded a victory. Since then Chelsea has lost to Thompson 25-23 and then lost last week to Spain Park 14-0.
is a team that seems to be improved from last year even though it has a pair of region losses. They normally run the shotgun and they have a good running back, which adds some diversity to the offense. Chelsea has a good defensive line and will probably use a 3 man front. "They have not only improved from last year they have gotten much better every week this year. They played a good game against Spain Park last week. And you can see that from watching the films," Foshee said. "It looks like we are going to have a good ball game no matter who you pull for. The key for us is simple. We just got to stop the turnovers. Experience or no experience, the turnovers have got to stop."
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