Mustangs Victorious on Senior Night

The Mullen Mustangs (4-6, 2-3) defeated the Lakewood Tigers (5-5, 1-4) 27-21 on a cold, Friday night that was also Senior Night for the host Mustangs.

CJ Smith, the junior running back, led the way for the Mullen offense. He carried the ball 21 times and ran for three touchdowns. Senior quarterback Kyle Remington played his best game of the year, completing 12 of his 15 pass attempts.

The scoring started early for the Mustangs. It only took them four plays to get into the endzone on their first possession. CJ Smith carried it in from three yards out, but an unsuccessful two-point attempt put the Mustangs up 6-to-0.

The Mustang would get on the board again, after a couple of punts from each team, with a 20-yard field goal from junior kicker Aidan Lehman. Lakewood responded quickly. They took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and cut the Mullen lead to 9-to-7.

Like they did the entire night the Mullen offense had an answer. CJ Smith found the endzone a second time early in the second quarter to give the Mustangs a 16-7 advantage. Later on, in the second quarter Lehman added his second field goal, this one from 30 yards away. Lakewood scored right before halftime when junior quarterback Jason Duong threw it to senior Keondre Beauty, and it was a five-point game at the half.

Mullen forced a punt on the opening possession of the second half and promptly went down and added to their lead. Aided by Lakewood penalties and the connection between best friends Kyle Remington and Ben Marcoux, the Mustang offense got inside the RedZone quickly. CJ Smith capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run and a successful 2-point conversion run to give the Mustangs a 27-14 lead.

The only mistake made by the senior Remington on the night was an interception that Lakewood ran 52 yards to the endzone and made it a six-point Mullen lead.

Lakewood would get the ball back late in the fourth quarter and an incredible fourth down conversion set them up with first and goal. However, quarterback Jason Duong was injured on the 4th down play, and the Tigers brought in sophomore Connor Ladd to play quarterback. He was unable to punch the ball in to the endzone, and the Mustangs defense came up with the biggest stop of their season. Mullen ran out the clock on offense and came away with a league win.

Both teams await the playoff bracket that will be released on Sunday, for Mullen the win almost certainly ensures them a home playoff game in the first round of the 5A State Playoffs next week. For the Tigers of Lakewood, they will most likely have to travel on the road in the first round of the Class 5A State Playoffs.

Score by Quarter:

Lakewood– 7 7 0 7 21
Mullen- 9 10 8 0 27

 

First Quarter:
Mullen-Smith 3 run (2 pt. conversion unnsuccessful)
Mullen-Lehman 20 FG
Lakewood-Pallett 99-yard Kick Return (Ladd Kick)

Second Quarter:
Mullen-Smith 4 run (Lehman kick)
Mullen-Lehman 30 FG
Lakewood-Beauty from Duong 13 pass (Ladd kick)

Third Quarter:
Mullen-Smith 4 run (Smith 2 pt. Conversion)

Fourth Quarter:
Lakewood-Reddinger 52-yard INT Return (Ladd Kick)

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Cearns’ Big Night Leads Mullen to Victory

The Mullen Mustangs (3-6, 1-3) defeated the Arvada West Wildcats (0-9, 0-4) on Friday night and snapped a six-game losing streak in the process. Offensively the Mustangs were led by senior running back Damien Cearns. Cearns ran for three touchdowns and over 250 yards.

Oddly enough however, the game did not start out great for Cearns. On the first play from scrimmage he took a handoff from quarterback Kyle Remington and tried to throw it downfield, his pass was picked off by an Arvada West defender.

The Mustangs defense, which stood tall all night, forced a three and out. The Mullen offense got the ball back and Cearns used his legs to run through the A-West defense for a 64-yard touchdown. He capped off the drive by punching in a 2-point conversion to give the Mustangs an 8-0 lead.
The next two possessions for each team ended in punts, but the Mustangs would get on the board again, this time with a 42-yard field goal from junior kicker Aidan Lehman.

Cearns added his second rushing touchdown on the night with under five minutes to play before half when he scampered in from 18 yards out. Lehman made the extra point and the Mustangs led 18-0.

Arvada West was forced to punt, and the Mustangs got the ball back before halftime. Mullen was driving with very little time left in the half and Cearns appeared to find the endzone a third time, only to have it called back because of penalty. Mullen was set to attempt a 42-yard field goal but a penalty against the Mullen sideline pushed the attempt back to 57 yards. Lehman’s kick landed just short, so the penalties cost the Mustangs points before the half.

A-West received the ball to begin the second half, but the Mustangs defense continued their strong play and forced yet another punt. Cearns then took the first offensive snap of the second half 40 yards to the endzone and ran it in again for a two-point conversion.

The next offensive play for the Mustangs also went for six. Senior quarterback Kyle Remington found his favorite target, senior wideout Ben Marcoux, wide open for a 35-yard touchdown strike.

CJ Smith added another touchdown in the third quarter for the Mustangs, running it in from two yards out.

Freshman quarterback Kaleb Valdez-Lemos saw some action in the fourth quarter and was able to hit sophomore Michael Brouillette for a 14-yard touchdown pass.

Next up for the Mustangs, it will be senior night against Lakewood on Friday November 1.

For Arvada West, they will play host to the Rebels of Columbine on Thursday October 31.

Score By Quarter:
Arvada West 0 0 0 0 0
Mullen 11 7 22 7 47
First Quarter:
Mullen-Cearns 64 run (Cearns 2 pt. Conversion)
Mullen-Lehman 42 FG

Second Quarter:
Mullen-Cearns 18 run (Lehman kick)

Third Quarter:
Mullen-Cearns 40 run (Cearns 2 pt. Conversion
Mullen-Marcoux from Remington 35 yards (Lehman kick)
Mullen-Smith 2 run (Lehman kick)

Fourth Quarter:
Mullen-Brouillette from Valdez-Lemos 14 yards (Lehman kick)

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