Despite a first-quarter deficit, the Dallas Center-Grimes football team fought back and claimed their second district win with a 17-12 victory over Humboldt Friday night.
For the fourth consecutive week, the Mustang defense held their opponent to under 14 points for the game while the DC-G offense captured two or more scores. The Mustangs didn’t too a whole lot offensively but they didn’t need to posting 292 total yards and two end-zone trips compared to 221 yards and two scores for Humboldt.
It was an inauspicious start to the game for the Mustangs who quickly fell in a 6-0 hold throughout the first quarter of play. They answered right back with 6:34 left in the first half on an 18-yard touchdown toss from Ty Walker to Cody Hall, thus earning their first lead of the game 7-6. In another tip back from concussion protocol, Walker had a strong night with 98 aerial yards and two scores. That helped the Mustangs capture a lead that they would never let go of. Both teams would head into the halftime break with a 7-6 DC-G advantage.
The Walker/Hall connection struck once more coming out of the break as the pair connected in the end-zone with 5:19 left in the third quarter to pad their lead 14-6. The final score of the game for DC-G came with 6:54 left in the fourth quarter when Simao Goncalves connected on a 19-yard field goal to cap off a short 28-yard drive. Humboldt scored late in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Mustang lead, thus leading to DC-G’s fifth straight victory.
As it has been all season long, the veteran Mustang defense highlighted the game and limited Humboldt to a one-dimensional offense that completed just four passes for 21 aerial yards. The Mustang defense forced 13 third down plays and limited the host school to just three third-down conversions.
The win marks a 2-0 start to the district season for DC-G, the first time since 2017. Next up for the Mustangs will be a home match-up against Boone on Friday, Oct. 11. It’s a match-up where the Mustangs would like to turn the recent tides having lost two of the last three match-ups to the Toreadors. It will be youth football night along with senior night for cross country and cheer. The game itself will get started with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.