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Mustangs face Lincoln tonight after win against Laughlin

October 26, 2018

LAUGHLIN — The Needles Mustangs started out a little slow but once they found their rhythm they put up 44 points against Laughlin and kept the Cougars out of the end zone.

The two teams faced off Oct. 19 in Laughlin. The Cougars started with the football and managed to move the chains but not for long.

The Mustangs got the ball but a forced fumble gave the ball back to Laughlin. Needles stopped Laughlin a second time. With 5:10 left on the clock, Marcus Turner changed the momentum with a touchdown. Laughlin’s Malik Ksouri intercepted the two-point conversion, keeping the score 6-0 in the first quarter.

A couple of big runs by Turner added to Needles’ momentum and meant his second touchdown with 1:24 on the clock. John Perez caught the two-point conversion to bring the score to 14-0.

Needles kept the pressure on and forced a fumble deep in Laughlin territory that led to a third Turner touchdown with 48 seconds left on the clock in the first. Perez caught the two-point conversion from quarterback Nathan Parker. The score was 22-0.

The Cougars didn’t give up despite being down. They got the ball back to start the second quarter and Ksouri found a few holes in the Mustang defense to gain yardage and a couple of first downs.

Laughlin couldn’t quite finish the drive, though, and tried for a field goal. It was no good.

Turner made quick work of the Needles drive and rushed for another touchdown with 6:10 on the clock. Laughlin’s Diego Trujillo broke up the pass, rendering the two-point conversion no good.

The Cougars kept trying and worked out some plays that helped keep their drives going but a sack ended up forcing Laughlin to punt. The clock ran down and the score was 28-0 at the half.

The second half belonged to Needles as the clock wound down. Turner got another touchdown with 6:40 on the clock in the third quarter and Trevyn Diaz earned the two-point conversion.

As Laughlin was driving, the Needles defense forced a fumble and Turner made his last touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter. Semaj Howell earned the two-point conversion.

“It was a slow start and Laughlin came out and they were fired up,” said Needles Coach Matt Fromelt. “It took us a while to react.”

Turner ran the ball well and the line blocked well, Fromelt said. The defense created some turnovers and that helped, he added.

“Overall, our fundamentals were pretty sound tonight,” said Fromelt. “There were a couple of mental mistakes but the physical…we were pretty good at that.”

There’s always something to work on and improve, he said, continuing that they need to tighten things up mentally.

Needles is hosting Lincoln next week and that will be a big game for them, he said. The winner of that game will be the number one seed and the loser the number two seed in the NIAA 2A South postseason.