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Mustangs beat Dust Devils 34-12

August 24, 2018 GMT

NEEDLES — The first game of the Needles High School Varsity Mustangs ended with a 34-12 win against the River Valley Dust Devils on Aug. 17 on Branigan Field.

The Mustangs came out a little flat in the first quarter which head coach Matt Fromelt attributed to nerves getting the better of the team.

“We are senior heavy but we also have a lot of inexperienced players,” said Fromelt. “Even though our nerves were there we were able to get past that and play a complete game.”

The Dust Devils were able to move the ball against the Mustangs defense as they gained 173 yards for the game but the Mustangs’ defense tightened up and held them out of the end zone a couple of times.

“Our defense did bend but it didn’t break,” said Formelt. “Coach [Thomas] DeLeon does a good job of keeping the defense flying around in the field. The Dust Devils were able to get yards on us but in important situations, our defense was able to step up.

The Mustangs gained about 237 yards on the ground of which Marcus Turner accounted for about 126 yards and Tyler White accounted for about 111 yards.

“Marcus and Tyler both had great games and like I tell them, they are both elite running backs,” said Fromelt. “So we like to get them both going to use their special talents.”

The Mustangs’ quarterback competition for the starting position continued to the first game of the season with Dawsen Yeager playing in the first half and Nathan Parker playing in the second half.

The quarterbacks combined for about 82 yards and both threw for one touchdown. John Perez (three receptions, about 48 yards, two touchdowns) was the recipient of both the scoring throws.

“It was really good seeing them in real game speed,” said Fromelt. “They both had moments where their inexperience showed and both had moments where they shined. They’ve both been working hard and competing which is great because it brings out the best in both of them. I think next game we’ll do the same thing of playing one in the first half and the other in the second half.”

“I’m really proud of the guys, they really earned it tonight, “said Fromelt. “They stayed focused and did their job.”

The Mustangs travel to take on the Phoenix Christian Football Cougars in the Flagstaff Classic under the dome at Northern Arizona University on Aug. 24 at 1 p.m.