When the final seconds clicked off after Muir High’s 37-0 thrashing of hostGlendalein a Pacific League skirmish last Friday night, there was little celebration.
Too many mental and physical mistakes were committed by the Mustangs, and the roar coming from Head Coach John Hardy to his troops could be heard all over Moyse Field.
Quarterback Joshua Muema-Washington wasn’t pleased. “We have high expectations,” said Muema-Washington, who accounted for four touchdowns and threw for 113 yards and ran for 34 yards. “We wanted to score more than 35 or 37 points, and we didn’t. We have enough potential to win league and the (CIF Southern Section) Division, but our effort has to be better.”
Hardy agreed with his senior signal-caller. “Our effort has to be better,” he said. “We need to execute. We can’t have missed assignments, and we have to play harder.”
Muir’s first score came when Christian Osorio fumbled after Nitros’ quarterback Kevin Felix (nine of 25 for 91 yards) moved his club from the Nitros’ 28-yard line to the Mustang 49.
Tony Claxton recovered the ball and sprinted 51 yards as 4:13 remained in the first quarter.
Muema-Washington’s nine-yard pass to Marceles Clash made it 14-0 as the opening stanza expired.
Muir’s lead could have been cut in half after Martin Marin picked off Muema-Washington and ran 80 yards early in the third quarter, but a penalty nullified the play.
Following aGlendalepunt, Muema-Washington (12 of 15) directed the Mustangs (3-3 and 3-0 in league) 33 yards before stalling, which forced Brian Reyes to boot a 34-yard field goal with 4:36 left in the third quarter for a 17-0 lead.
“The defense did an awesome job,” said Glendale Head Coach John Tuttle, whose team held the Mustangs to 283 total net yards, while the Nitros (1-5 and 0-3 in league) finished with 99. “Defensively we went right to the ball. They came out with a lot of energy.”
Muir led 24-0 when Muema-Washington drilled Devin Leagons with a five-yard strike and six seconds left in the third quarter.
Muema-Washington’s one-yard sneak with 7:24 showing in the fourth quarter followed a 57-yard drive that made it 31-0. His 34-yard toss to Lamarr McDaniels placed the ball at the one-yard line.
After anotherGlendalepunt, Muema-Washington took over at Muir’s 45-yard line, and later scored on a three-yard run with 1:35 left for the game’s final points.