Fans’ optimism was rewarded when number 44, Will Pedia, started off the game by scoring a touchdown, early in the first quarter. The Mustangs ran a “Halfback Trap” which left Pedia open to score. Noah JeyaRajah, a former CMHS football player commented, “They had great blocking and it was just beautiful!” The Mustangs scored another touchdown and completed a two-point conversion near the end of the first quarter, making the score 14-0, Mustangs.
The Mustangs’ strong offense prevailed through the second quarter, but was met by an improved Eagles defense, which seemed to be absent earlier in the game. Mesa wasn’t hindered however, with running back Orande Crenshaw, breaking away from the Eagles and running roughly 40 yards before being brought down by an Estancia safety. Estancias’ offense also stepped up, employing a “Quarter Back Sneak” to score a touchdown at the end of the second quarter, bringing the score to 14-6, Mustangs.
The final score of the game was 31- 18, with the Mustangs taking “The Bell.” All of the CMHS football supporters were ecstatic, but none more than the players themselves. Wide Receiver Jon Dmitruk, reflected on his team’s performance, “It was a great game; defensively we stepped up when we needed to, we let a couple passes go, but our defense saved the game.”
The coaches were also very satisfied with their players’ performance. The head coach of CMHS football, Wally Grant, discussed the outcome of the game afterwards: “I was extremely impressed and proud of the [big guys] upfront. All those line men, they won the game. They took over the trenches and controlled them and we were able to run it well. That’s what won this game.”
As fans watch, each CMHS football player took his turn ringing the bell, a resounding celebration of victory..
Written by Serena Ozonur and James Rydjeski