Muir High staggered into last Friday night’s Pacific League football encounter with Hoover at Moyse Field having lost three straight games.
Losing streaks are an oddity given the storied tradition and talent level at Muir’s finger tips.
It became clear someone would pay for Muir’s woes, and when the final horn sounded the Mustangs had scored six touchdowns and routed the Tornadoes 42-0 with quarterback Joshua Muema-Washington having thrown three first-half scores.
“It felt good because we worked so hard,’’ said Muema-Washington, who completed 12 of 19 passes for 143 yards. “Coming off last week’s loss to Crescenta Valley, this is what we needed. We had a slow start, but we’re learning from our mistakes.”
Hoover generated 90 total net yards and the longest play from scrimmage was a 27-yard run by quarterback Alex Rangel in the second half. It was that kind of evening for the Tornadoes (0-6 and 0-3 in league).
“When they spread us out and with all those athletes, we had trouble trying to stop them,’’ said Andrew Policky, the first-year Hoover Head Coach. “We’re not good enough to have negative plays and win. We’re having a hard time throwing the ball, so we’re forced to run and hope we can pick up a few first downs. If we pass on every down and go three-and-out, it’ll be 100-0.”
The Mustangs have two young men who will play Division I college football in wide receiver Kevon Seymour (27 yards on three catches and one rush for 17 yards) and running back Tyrren Owens (17 yards on two carries), who has committed to the University of Washington.
A quick-strike attack, Muir (388 total yards) had seven runs of 10 yards or more in the opening half, and seven pass plays that exceeded 10 yards.
In the second half, the Mustangs (3-3 and 1-2 in league) churned out four plays on the ground that surpassed double-digits including a 27-yard burst from Tre Herod (96 yards on 10 carries) that made it 35-0 with 7:10 left in the third quarter, and a 50-yard sprint by Darick Holmes (71 yards on two rushes) that gave the Mustangs a six-touchdown edge with 54 seconds remaining in the same quarter.
Muir took the opening kickoff and marched 57 yards and led 7-0 with 9:52 left in the first quarter when Muema-Washington found Holmes with an 18-yard pass.
Herod’s 13-yard run with 48 seconds left in the opening quarter made it 14-0, and Muema-Washington’s nine-yard toss to Owens (63 yards and five catches) pushed the lead to 21-0 with 9:55 showing in the second quarter.
It became 28-0 when Muema-Washington hooked up with LaMarr McDaniels on an 18-yard throw as 5:40 remained before the intermission.