If you were a fan of defense, the match-up between the Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs and the Ballard Bombers Friday night was right up your alley. Just one score was all that graced the scoreboard and fortunately for the host Mustangs, it was their second-quarter score that led to their second straight victory by a 7-0 final.
What has already been a main topic of conversation in maturity and experience came out in full force for the Mustangs Friday night. The Mustangs last season suffered a 1-3 mark in games with 29 or fewer points scored across both teams. That was not the case Friday night as Dallas Center-Grimes picked up the win despite just 206 yards of total offense.
It was a big night for Mustang junior Ty Walker who tossed 105 yards through the air on eleven completed passes while also pacing the way on the ground picking up 39 yards on nine carries. Walker was part of a very diverse rushing attack that lightened the blow of the absence of Zach Brand. In total, five Mustangs took part in the rushing attack which is where the lone touchdown came from. Capping off a strong 12 carry performance, it was sophomore Jake Lego who was the lone Mustang to punch his way into the endzone. He did so with 8:37 left in the first half as he capped off a 79-yard drive to give fans of both teams the only score of the game. Other rushing performances for the Mustangs included Luke Busby who 33 yards on nine carries, Isaac Boley with five yards on one carry, and Caden Grimes with two yards on two carries.
The Mustangs have long been associated with high scores and victory but rarely associated with winning in low scoring fashion. The last time DC-G captured a win scoring seven points or less was back in the 2014-15 campaign. The visiting Bombers came into the game averaging over 300 total yards of offense and 16 points per game. They ran into a buzzsaw of a Mustang defense Friday night who put up their best performance, holding the Bombers to a mere 172 yards of total offense. A big part of that was holding the dangerous gunslinger Connor Drew in check. Drew entered DC-G Stadium averaging 224 yards and one touchdown per contest but was held to just 89 yards and one interception on 12-of-28 completions. Seven Bombers took the ball for the rushing attack and all ten failed to breach 40 yards rushing, something that hasn’t happened for the Bombers yet this season.
Overall the Mustangs found efficiency picking up 34 more offensive yards on 12 fewer plays with one less first down than Ballard.
The Mustangs once again pick up a second win across the first three weeks of the season and now stand with a 2-1 record. Their next outing will come next week and will send the Mustangs back on the road as they travel to Glenwood. The Mustangs and Rams will get things started with week for with kickoff that is set for 7:30 p.m.