For the second year in a row the Huntingdon Middle School Mustangs were involved in a shootout with Trenton.
Last year at Trenton the Mustangs lost their only game of the year 62-60 in three overtimes. This past Thursday the Middle Mustangs returned the favor with a 44-36 win over Trenton.
Malek Cannon scored five touchdowns for the Mustangs and rushed for 245 yards. Grant Bartholomew added 67 yards and a touchdown for a Mustang offense that ran for 317 yards. Trenton ran for 278 yards led by Carson Vandiver with three touchdowns and 222 yards rushing.
Vandiver started the scoring with a 60-yard run as Trenton took the lead at 6-0.
Cannon scored the Mustangs’ first points of the night with a six-yard run to tie the score at 6-6 with two minutes left in the first quarter.
Vandiver gave Trenton the lead back with a 63-yard run and a Ja’Darren Easley two point conversion to make the score 14-6, and Cannon answered for the Mustangs with a one-yard run and the two-point conversion as the score was tied at 14-14.
Daylan Russell returned the kickoff 70 yards to give Trenton a 22-14 lead after Easley added the two-point conversion. Bartholomew brought the Mustangs to within two with a six yard run and Cannon tied the score with the two point conversion to make the score 22-22.
Then with 1:24 left in the first half the fireworks began. Cannon intercepted a pass and returned it 73 yards to give the Mustangs their first lead of the game. Bartholomew added the two-point conversion to give the Mustangs a 30-22 lead.
Trenton then went 49 yards in four plays to score on an Easley five-yard run. Kahlik Ganaway added the two-point conversion to tie the score at 30-30 with nine seconds left in the first half.
The Mustangs took over on their own 30 and on the first play Cannon bounced outside and raced down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown run and then got outside for the two-point conversion to give the Mustangs a 38-30 lead at the half.
Both teams only scored once in the second half with Trenton scoring with 2:14 left in the third on a 53-yard run by Vandiver to pull to within two at 38-36. The conversion failed leaving the score with the Mustangs holding a two-point lead.
The Mustangs iced the game away with a 12 play 58 yard drive that saw Cannon score on an eight yard run with four minutes left in the game. The conversion failed but the Mustangs held on for a 44-36 win to improve to 3-2 for the season.
The Mustangs play their final home game on Tuesday September 20 against the West Carroll War Eagles.