Good teams are versatile, and Muir High is that, throwing the football in the opening half, opting for a ground attack in the second half, and pulling out a 31-6 victory over Glendale in a Pacific League game last Friday night at Moyse Field.
Jeffrey Davis is the Mustangs’ quarterback, and he completed five of 12 passes for 77 yards in the first half, while the team gained 58 yards rushing.
Davis attempted three passes in the second half, hitting two for 30 yards. Meanwhile, Muir ran for 165 yards in the second half.
Muir’s receivers were sloppy at times, dropping several passes.
“I told the guys the way we practice is the way we’re going to play,’’ Davis said. “I think we have a chance at the [CIF] playoffs as long as we play Mustang football, and don’t turn the ball over.”
Either way, the Mustangs (4-4 and 3-2 in league) were too talented and quick for Glendale, which trailed at the intermission, 14-0.
The Nitros (186 total net yards) made it a 25-point margin with 3:38 left in the fourth quarter when quarterback Alex Yoon drove his club 80 yards, which he capped with a one-yard sneak.
It seems there is always one long drive that results in a touchdown. The 12-play march saw Chan Kim (73 yards on 18 rushes) carry the ball eight times and gain 37 yards.
“We wanted to score,’’ said Yoon, who picked up 66 yards on 21 rushes. “It was our only score, and we didn’t want to get shut out. I scored, but I wanted to give the ball to Chan because he deserved it.’’
Glendale head coach Alan Eberhart was pleased with the effort, if not the execution.
“It’s the same story line every week,’’ he said. “We play well in the first half, and can’t sustain it in the second half. We have tired kids trying to tackle. They don’t quit. I’m proud of them.”
Glendale (0-8 and 0-5 in league) had the ball first, and beginning at its 31, used eight rushing plays and advanced to the Mustangs’ 39 before punting.
Muir took over at its 12, and on the first play, Davis connected with wide receiver Karl Holmes (54 yards and three catches) on a 44-yard strike. Two plays later, running back Tairen Owens ran in from 43 yards as the Mustangs led 7-0 with 5:52 left in the first quarter.
Muir has always been known for its speed, and the 88-yard, three-play drive lived up to that reputation.
Muir moved ahead 24-0 when Owens (152 yards and 11 rushes) scored the second of his three touchdowns. This was a 19-yard burst, came with 1:36 left in the third quarter, and highlighted an 82-yard, six-play drive.
The Mustangs made it 31-0 early in the fourth quarter when Owens raced 57 yards. On the play, he swept right and then cut left, before scooting down the right sideline.