|Mustangs outlast Thompson, stay alive in playoff race|
|Written by News Desk|
|Tuesday, 15 October 2013 16:03|
Photo: B.J. Smith (3) scored four touchdowns in the Thompson game including an 85 yard run from scrimmage in the fourth quarter.
Photos: Art Parker
By ART PARKER
It was a night of short runs, long runs, short passes, long passes, onsides kicks, field goals, missed field goals and plenty of touchdowns, two of which came on the first play of a quarter. If you like an old fashioned shootout then you would have loved the Stanhope Elmore-Thompson game at Foshee-Henderson Stadium last week. The Mustangs outlasted the visiting Warriors 45-42 and the victory kept playoff hopes alive for Stanhope Elmore.
Stanhope lost a couple of fumbles in the first quarter but neither gave Thompson an advantage on the scoreboard. The Warriors scored on the first play of the second quarter and came back three minutes later to score again, and with 9:34 left in the first half, things looked rather bleak for the Mustangs. But that changed quickly as quarterback Jaryus Wilson, returning to action after sitting out two games with an injury, connected on a beautiful 52 yard pass play to Mike Brown that set up a 28 yard field goal by Angel Vasquez to make the score 14-3. The field goal would eventually become the difference in the game.
The most important minute or so happened just before the end of the half. Starting on their won 19 yard line, the Mustangs went to the airwaves. Wilson dumped a screen pass to Tyler Matthews for a 51 yard gain. On third down and 10 from the Warriors 30 yard line, Wilson scrambled to keep the drive alive and was tackled on the Thompson 9 yard line. B.J. Smith scored the first of his 4 touchdowns when he ran around the right side of the Thompson defensive line for a touchdown making the score 14-10 with just 31 seconds remaining in the first half. Thompson tried to hurry down field beginning at the Warrior 22 yard line but Bra Moss intercepted for the Mustangs. With 11 seconds to go before intermission Wilson hit Willie Ezell with a perfect strike and the Mustangs owned the lead at the half 17-14.
And then, the real shootout began. Both teams would score 4 times in the second half. For the Mustangs, Wilson hit the swift Tyler Matthews on a slant pattern for a 54 yard touchdown. Wilson then tossed a touchdown pass to Smith from 24 yards before the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter Smith ignited the Mustangs faithful with an exciting blast from the backfield and 85 yards later, the little running back was in the Thompson end zone. The final Mustangs touchdown came at 1:33 left in the game when Wilson found Smith again, behind the secondary after a play action pass. "We knew we could get behind them with our speed. The play action worked for us very well and Wilson had a hot hand tonight. It was good to see him come back after being out for a couple of games, and he played well," Foshee said.
Elijah "Duck" Reeves blocked an extra point attempt after a Thompson touchdown. The Warriors did score with 33 seconds remaining in the game but could not recover the ensuing onsides kick.
"We lost a couple of fumbles and of course I was worried that it would be one of those nights. Then, we took care of the football well. The thing that got us was poor tackling. We have been plagued with that all year and all I know to do is to just keep working on it," Foshee said.
Next week the Mustangs travel to play Spain Park in Birmingham. Spain Park sets atop the region and is undefeated in region play. The Mustangs are 4-3 overall on the season and 2-3 in the region.
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