The Mustangs put together a total team effort on Friday night. Defeating the Ceres Bulldogs 49-17. The Mustangs scored on their first 2 drives, marching down the field with their Triple Option attack. On their 3rd offensive possession the Mustangs marched again but were stopped short of another score by a diving interception by the Bulldogs. The Mustang defense was plagued with first half penalties, allowing Ceres to move into scoring position. It looked like the game would be close at the end of the 1st half with the Mustangs up 14-10. After a long Homecoming week, filled with activities and excitement, the Mustangs shook off the Homecoming haze and poured it on the Bulldogs in the second half. Giving up just one more score to Ceres, the Mustangs put up 35 second half points. The Mustangs ground attack saw 5 different backs carry the ball 5 times or more. Leading the charge was Vladik Sutherland with 96 yard on 10 carries and 3 Touchdowns. Elias Escobar was explosive with 5 carries, for 56 yards, QB Jesse Jordan carried the ball 14 times for 65 yards, and Sophomore Brijon Leslie-Fitzpatrick pounded the rock 10 times for 47 yards. Timothy Cantu II came off the bench and lit-up the Ceres secondary, completing 7 of 9 passes for 174 yards and 2 Touchdowns. Jakob Moberg hauled in 4 passes for 119 yards and 1 score. On defense Middle Linebacker Troy Clegg was a tackling machine once again as he recorded 20 tackles, 9 for a loss and 2 sacks. Keenami Maggard registered 2 sacks as well, he now has 16 on the season which is tied for 1st in the State of California. The Mustangs (now 8-1) look to end the regular season with a Home Victory vs Rival Lathrop High.
The two teams will be playing for play-off positioning and bragging rights. The game is dubbed “Old River Rivalry” and the trophy is a Canoe Paddle “Battle for the Paddle”. Head Coach Jason McCloskey borrowed the idea from his Midwestern roots, where it’s common to have some kind of trophy between rival schools. The only things the two towns (Lathrop and Mountain House) really have in common is they are both relatively new communities and “Old River” runs by each town. The Cholbon Triblet of the Northern Valley Yokuts were the original inhabitants of the Mountain House – Lathrop area. Their territory ran along Old River.