Varsity football loses Branding Iron

Varsity football lost its fourth straight Branding Iron 7-44 against Diamond Bar on Friday, Sept. 5 at Diamond Bar. The Mustangs fall to an overall record of 0-2 in non-league competition.

Diamond Bar took control of the game from start to finish, forcing ten incomplete passes and sacking quarterback junior Micah Maes five times. Throughout the game the Brahmas locked down the Mustang’s rushing and passing game, allowing only 253 all-purpose yards compared to its 508 yards. Furthermore, the Mustang defense struggled, allowing 44 unanswered points to the Brahmas.

“The defense struggled throughout the game. We had a lot of missed tackles and errors that cost us the game,” Maes said. “[The defense] couldn’t adjust to Diamond Bar’s offense, and we just couldn’t put up points on offense. If we had done better and stuck to what we practiced, we could’ve won this game.”

Maes attempted 17 throws, but only completed seven, tossing for 60 yards and rushing for 85 yards. Running back senior Andrew Coronado rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.

On the defensive side, defensive end senior Jacob Vieyra had a total of seven tackles, including a single tackle for loss. Free safety senior Adam Broad picked up seven tackles and picked up one sack off of a blitz.

Through the first three quarters, the Mustangs were kept scoreless. They failed to reach the red zone and were unable to convert three fourth down and shorts.

Though it may have seen that the team couldn’t figure out the pieces to get back into the game, the crowd knew how to do so. Multiple chants of the mustang “we will fight, we will win” and hundreds of screams for the infamous trombone suicide, riled up the crowd and most importantly the team.

Then the Mustangs started to pick up the pace in the fourth quarter. Completing 9 plays on its drive, the Mustangs finally scored its first touchdown after a twelve yard carry by Coronado and a field goal kick from kicker senior Adrian Saldana at the six minute 36 second mark.

The next game against La Puente on Sept. 12 is the Mustang’s first league and home game.

“[To do better during the regular season] it all starts with practices. It’s all about tempo, and how we play is how we practice. We just have to show up during practice and play the game to our fullest abilities and make each other better and push each other to become the best players we can on the field,” wide receiver senior Alston Wong said.

Joshua Shen, Sports editor

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