Mustangs score first, hang on at end to beat rival Trojans

Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM.

Gatling was key for the Mustangs. He played running back and lined up as the wildcat quarterback, ripping off 4- and 5-yard runs late in the fourth quarter to help Tucker Creek burn the clock.

“He’s one of our team leaders. He’s led the team all year,” Sloan said of Gatling. “We had only five returning players from last year, and he was one of them, and he had only played in two games because he was hurt. But he and Destin Flloyd, they took it upon themselves to lead this team.”

But the Trojans weren’t about to give up. Harris connected with Frazier on a 40-yard touchdown pass, and Harris’ pass to Jomar Stewart on the two-point conversion tied the game at 8-8 with 2:12 left in the first quarter.

Havelock Middle went on top 14-8 midway through the second quarter on Tony Sharpe’s 32-yard touchdown run.

“We played about how we’ve played all year,” Havelock Middle coach Phillip Melton said. “That’s our team. We’d big-play it here and there, but what’s hurt us all year was the physical teams, we’re just not that physical. And they’ve got a good team and they’re big across the front.”

Tucker Creek got the tying touchdown on Gatling’s 3-yard run with just five seconds left in the first half. The Mustangs got the ball to start the third quarter and scored the go-ahead touchdown on Solomon Beligotti’s 50-yard run.

The defenses then took over for the rest of the game. Tucker Creek’s Brandyn Taylor had a big sack to force a Trojans punt, and Harris intercepted a Mustangs pass inside his own 10-yard line to stop a scoring threat.

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