Mounds View’s defense carried the day on both sides of the ball as the Mustangs blanked Totino-Grace 28-0 at home Friday evening.
In game where they lost their best offensive player on the first play from scrimmage, the Mustang defensive unit not only posted the shutout but also scored three of the four touchdowns as the Mustangs (2-1) kept the Eagles (0-3) winless.
“The guys had a phenomenal week of practice and we felt prepared to play our brand of football,” coach Aaron Moberg said. “We are very confident in our defense this year and they played lights out. I think that the three touchdowns by our defense was a school record.”
Trevor Redmond, talented runner, receiver and kicker, injured his ankle early in the game and was taken to the emergency room. It was determined to be a severe sprain but no fracture.
“We came into the game with a number of injuries and left with a few more,” Moberg said, “but our guys prepare each week knowing they are only a play a way from stepping into a key role.”
Mataeo Cisneros, junior safety, picked off a pass and bolted 38 yards to the end zone in the first quarter to open the scoring. Collin Hoyhtya added a two-point run. The first half ended 8-0.
Rowan Morgan, senior lineman, picked up a fumble after sacking the quarterback and dashed 35 yards to score in the third period. Jonas Sparks added a two-point run.
“Morgan made multiple tackles for a loss, along with a strip sack for a TD,” Moberg noted. “Cisneros had a pick six for the first score of the game along with a big punt return and key reps with our offense.”
The Mustang offense got on the board with fullback Brian Tebbutt taking a pitchout and throwing to Hoyhtya for a 25-yard touchdown.
Another pick six capped the Mustangs’ 20-point third quarter. Drew Macchia, senior linebacker, swiped a pass and returned it 16 yards.
Two-point conversions runs were stopped after the last two TDs.
The Mustangs held the Eagles to 79 net yards rushing and 75 passing while intercepting four passes. The other two pickoffs were made by Mateo Rosendahl. There were six tackles for losses. Morgan had the QB sack and two other TFLs.
The Mustangs cruised despite rushing for just 124 yards and passing for just 24. Nate Farm notched 50 yards on four carries including a 31-yard again. Cole Stenstrom completed four of 13 passes for 24 yards with one interception.
The Mustangs will play at Woodbury (2-1) next week.