The Dallas Center-Grimes football team was seeking a win to round out the 2018 season, but a late game field goal by Carroll gave the Mustangs their eighth loss of the season in a 10-7 defeat.
It was a match-up of a strong rushing attack against a strong passing attack. The host Carroll Tigers dominated the air with 117 passing yards while the visiting Mustangs led the way on the ground with 87 yards compared to Carroll’s 77.
The scoring came early for both teams and it all was initiated with a Ty Walker interception. Host Carroll forced the DC-G turnover with 6:37 left in the first quarter and then proceeded to 24 yards for an end-zone run capped off by a one yard touchdown run by Dravin Williamson. The Mustangs overcame their lone interception by traveling 60 yards on the very next series to equalize the game on a one yard touchdown run by Zach Needham.
From then on both teams would have hard times finding the end-zone throughout the rest of the game. Both teams suffered a pair of fumbles but it was Carroll to turn the ball over while the Mustangs did not turn the ball over on the ground. Overall, the Mustang defense forced three total Carroll turnovers, halting several touchdown bound drives to keep the game close.
The only other score of the entire game came with 8:50 left to go in the ball game. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, it was a 31 yard field goal by Carroll’s Max Neu to give the host Tigers the go-ahead score which would eventually turn out to be the game winning score.
Throughout the rest of the fourth quarter, the Mustangs couldn’t capitalize on solid field position and as the fourth quarter clock expired, Dallas Center-Grimes fell to the district champions 10-7.
Even with the interception, Mustang quarterback Ty Walker put up a solid performance, amassing 24 passing yards on 7-of-14 pass attempts. Walker also had a lot of variation in his passing game, completing a pass to five different receivers. A normally defensive star, Rowan Collins, led the way on the receiving end with 41 yards on one reception.
Pacing the Mustangs in the running game was Zach Brand who picked up 55 yards on 25 attempts. Overall the Mustangs put up 111 yards of total offense broken up into 24 passing yards and 87 rushing yards. DC-G led in time of possession, holding the ball for 26:40 worth of time and captured eight first downs in the process. Seven of those first downs came on the ground.
The game as a whole was relatively clean with just three penalties per team, equating to just 50 penalty yards.
The loss brings an unfortunate end to what has been a turbulent season for the Mustang football program, but one that head coach Scott Heitland will not soon forget.
“This team has been all about fight despite the odds,” said Heitland. “There were many times when things weren’t going their way where they could have thrown in the towel and given up but they didn’t. Everyone on this team has a great mental attitude and for those coming back next year, although they took their lumps, they’ll be that much stronger next season.”
DC-G football ends the 2018 campaign with an uncharacteristic 1-8 record, 1-4 in district play.