Mustangs try our fifth quarterback of the season (Gulley, Holtz, Meyer, Willike, Schadler), pulling Senior Austin Schadler (6-1, 220 lbs) off of the offensive line and insert him into the quarterback position, a spot that he played during JV games his sophomore season.
Neither team was able to generate any meaningful offense in the first quarter. Brossart would draw first blood with only 42.4 seconds remaining in the half as Tyler Smith, our soccer/football kicker split the uprights on a 29 yard field goal attempt and the Mustangs went to the locker room up 3-0 at the half on Ludlow’s homecoming night.
In the third quarter, the Panthers orchestrated a 55 yard drive culminated by a 5 yard pass from Jaxon Rice to Andrew Kendall for a touchdown. The PAT was good and we had a new leader with 1:43 to play in the period, but the Mustangs had an answer when Schadler found Nate Schalk on a 44 yard aerial and when Smith knocked the PAT through we had retaken the lead at 10-7 heading to the final frame.. Neither team would do themselves any favors in the final stanza drawing untimely flags. The decisive play of the game may have come when we were backed up into the defensive end zone, and over-snapped our punter out of the end zone for a Ludlow safety with 4:32 remaining in the game, making the score 10-9 Mustangs.
A free-kick (actually a kick-off) sent the Panthers back to their own 36 yard line, and were unable to generate a scoring drive and the Mustangs hung on for the single point, 10-9 victory, improving our season record to 4-2 as we begin district play next Friday night at Nicholas County.
Senior Austin Schadler, who had played quarterback as a Colt, and with the JV team his freshman and sophomore seasons, moved to the O and D line,and had not played under center since, was called upon to attmept to spark the Mustang Offesne Friday night. He hit Nate Schalk on a 44 yard pass play for our only touchdown.