Mustangs Raise The School Records Bar to nine straight to start a season, and secure district top seed, with 15-6 Win Over Paris in the Goo. Will See the Hounds Again in Three Weeks at the MAC Coach Paul Wiggins Wins His 50th
Steady heavy rains pelted Central Kentucky Friday afternoon, leaving the playing surface at Blanton Collier Stadium a quagmire akin to a Mud Wresting pit.
Following the game, won by our Mustangs, 15-6 over the homestanding Paris Greyhounds, I asked veteran Brossart quarterback, Jacob Leicht, if he had fun, half expecting him to say that it was great, and that he wished he could play under those conditions every Friday night. That was NOT the answer I received. What I got was a very serious and stoic, “No, that was NOT fun.” Nuff said.
When Jacob Leicht scored his 12th Rushing Touchdown of the season Friday night, he tied Trevor Schadler for Most Rushing Touchdowns All-Time with 26. He needs two more to tie Trevor for Most Rushing Touchdowns in a season, and he is presently in Second Place All-Time (2231) Most Rushing Yards in a Career, behind Jacob Elbert (2796).
Jed Martin (937) needs 186 rushing yards to tie Jacob Elbert with Most Rushing Yards in a Season at 1123.
With a threat of rain still remaining for the evening hours in Paris, Eugene “Puck” Puckett offered me a table in their already cramped press box, next to the PA Announcer, where we would have to be on our best behavior. I appreciated the offer, but declined, choosing to roll the dice and set up shop on the third level of the Concession/Press Box pictured at left.. The spiral staircase can be especially challenging when hauling up a broadcast table, two bar stools, my broadcast equipment, and various other extension cords, jackets, etc.. Fortunately, nary a drop of rain fell throughout the entire game, until the busses returned to the MAC when it cut loose.
Attempting to hit a home run on the first play from scrimmage, Jacob Leicht threw a bomb intended for David Govan, who had outrun the coverage, but which was picked off and returned to mid-field by the Hounds, who then picked up a first-down before being forced to punt. It was downed inside the one yard line, and on our second offensive series Leicht had the unenviable task of attempting to orchestrate a 99 yard drive (By nature a School Record). It would take him the remainder of the first quarter and over two minutes of the second quarter to get it done, but he got it done — just barely. On fourth and goal from the one, the officials had to unstack the pile to determine that Leicht had succeeded on the quarterback sneak and with 9:36 to play in the half, six points went up on the visitor side of the scoreboard. Andrew Schwartz set up for the PAT attempt twice, with Paris jumping offsides on both occasions, before Coach Paul Wiggins returned the offensive unit back on the field, where David Govan made easy work of the 2-point conversion and the Mustangs would lead 8-0 at the half.
Paris had made some creditable runs in the first half, when Zion Jackson burst into our secondary. We were well aware, that one missed tackle, could lead to a breakaway touchdown for the Hounds, who were to receive the kick-off to start the second half..
The Hounds obliged us by going three and out on their first possession of the second half. Neither team put any numbers on the scoreboard in the third period, and the one-possession, 8-0 Brossart lead, went to the final stanza. The Mustangs appeared to be en route to another touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Jacob Leicht had the ball knocked loose, recovered by the Hounds. While Paris took possession, our defense forced the Hounds all of the way back to their five yard line, where they would be forced to punt from the end zone. Austin Schadler had made several huge defensive plays up to this point and capped off an outstanding performance when he blocked the Paris punt attempt, fallen on by David Govan for a Brossart touchdown, and when Schwartz split the uprights, the Mustangs had enough to win our 9th consecutive victory and claim the District 5 top seed for our own, for the second consecutive year.
Paris did get on the scoreboard late in the game, with only 20 seconds remaining, when, while playing prevent defense, we gave up several big plays, resulting in a 6 yard touchdown run by Zion Jackson, capping off a 55 yard Paris drive. The two-point conversion was thwarted and the final score went into the history books as 15-6 in favor of Brossart, despite the fact that I entered the score wrong on the Meridix scoreboard.
Paris Game Stats:
Passing – Leicht 1/3 – 29 Yards – 1 Int
Rushing: Jed Martin 13/50, Leicht 11/42-1 TD, Govan 4/18, Orth 4/5
Receiving: Wilike 1/29yds
Interceptions: Willike 1
PAT: Schwartz 1/1
2 Point Conversion – Govan – 1
Fumble Forced: Austin Schadler -1
Fumble Recovered: David Govan 1 – 1-TD,
Defensive Tackles: Schadler – 9, Derek Martin – 8, Eli Twehues – 6, Orth – 6, Leicht – 6
Our two Snappy Tomato Players of the Game are Sam Willike (right) , who played excellent pass defense and was the recipient of a 29 yard Jacob Leicht pass when we had to have a first down. He also intercepted a Paris pass. Ironically, Willike was not expected to play in this game, and was not listed on the “Opponents” roster published on the Game Day report..
How good was Austin Schadler??? I thought he played the best game of his career in my opinion, being in on all of the big stops, and had the blocked punt that resulted in our second touchdown.
Congratulations also to David Govan, who was voted the Enquirer/Mercyhealth NoKy Football Player of the Week.
The Mustangs will attempt to “Run The Table” next week when we conclude regular season play versus 4-A Pendleton County in the “Battle of US27” Friday night in a 7:30pm game at Sharp Middle School.