It’s been over a year since the Mustangs have been able to step onto the field under the Friday night lights. Tonight, March 19th, the Marriotts Ridge Mustangs took down the Centennial Eagles 35-0.
For the majority of the game, Marriotts Ridge dominated on all sides of the ball. Putting up 35 points as well as posting a shutout in your home opener is not something that can’t go unrecognized. The unsung heroes of the special teams also showed up with kicker Evan Burry being perfect on the night with PAT’s.
In the first quarter, quarterback Casey Pung dropped a 12-yard pass to John Miller for a touchdown. This duo would strike again, though, as Pung floated an 11-yard pass to Miller to put the Mustangs up 14-0 going into halftime. The Mustangs offense came out of the break swinging as Kam Young had an amazing 53-yard run to continue the scoring. Pung would then throw a 32-yard deep ball to Gavin Turner, adding to the Mustangs lead. Young would then run down the side for 38 yards to cap the night off.
Even though the offense was running some amazing plays, you can’t forget the defense. Drew Ross came in strong for two sacks in the first half. Jack Baxter was also dominant all throughout the night with many individual tackles in both the backfield and the secondary. And the cherry on top of this shutout performance, William Nichols recovered a fumble to seal the deal and give the Mustangs excellent starting field position.
Even though Centennial did not put up any points on the board, they still had some strong plays on the defensive side. Centennial consistently put pressure on the pocket, forcing Pung to get the ball out of his hands quickly and force some passes he probably wanted back. The Eagles secondary was also laying down some hard hits in an effort to limit the yards after the catch.
This was the Mustangs season and home opener after getting their game against Oakland Mills canceled due to Covid-19 protocols. Centennial played their second game of the season after falling to Mount Hebron in their home opener on March 12. Marriott Ridge is now tied with Oakland Mills for first in Division C
Photos from Ryan Lippe from the game:
Other Varsity Football scores from this past week: