Improve to 2-0 following a 90 minute weather delay, Jed Martin - Offensive, and Kaleb Lukes - Defensive, are the snappy Tomato Players of the Game
When the team left the MAC at 5:15pm I really didn’t hold out much hope that we would play football on this night, since it was already threatening, and my Weather Channel radar showed a wide spread storm system moving into Northern Kentucky.
God love the persistence of everyone involved in deciding to wait it out, which resulted in a full four quarters of football at Newport Stadium.
Mayhem ensued early in the game for our guys when a bad snap deep in Newport territory resulted in a 36 yard touchdown recovery by Elizha White, and a successful PAT made it 7-0 Cats before the crowd, under their umbrellas, were comfortable in their seats.
On the second Newport kick-off of the game, bad went to worse when we failed to field the hot grounder, but ran it down and recovered it at the one yard line.
Whatever we had, Newport caught it on their first play from scrimmage, when they fumbled the ball which was recovered by Derek Martin, giving the Mustangs great field position.
Things returned to some semblance of football normalcy from that point on. In the second period Kaleb Lukes intercepted a Wildcat aeriel, allowing Jacob Leicht (Left) to orchestrate a 78 yard drive that included four first downs, that Leicht himself finished off with an 8 yard run. When Andrew Schwartz succeeded on the PAT, we were tied at 7s at halftime.
The touchdown was Jacob’s fifth consecutive to start off the season.
On Newport’s first offensive series of the second half, it was Jed Martin (Right) who picked off a Davian Mayes pass, and two plays later carried the piggy 31 yards for a Brossart touchdown. A two-point conversion attempt went for naught, and the Mustangs led 13-7 which we took to the final stanza.
Our Mustangs would add an insurance score and secure our second victory of the season late in the game when Jed Martin would finish off an 80 yard drive with his second touchdown of the night. Leicht added the two-point conversion to win 21-7
For the second week in a row, our defense did not allow a touchdown. The Newport touchdown scored in this game, came as the result of a Brossart turnover. On the night the Brossart offense rushed for 267 yards with Jed Martin gaining 167 yards on 28 carries. Jacob Leicht ran for 85 yards
NOTE: The Brossart – Bellevue football game originally scheduled for next Friday night, September 3rd has been moved to Thursday night, Sept. 2nd, at 7pm at Gilligan Stadium in Bellevue.