While firefighters were busy battling the flames of the Wellnitz Fire mere miles away, the Gordon-Rushville Mustangs faced off against the big, fast Chase County Longhorns Friday night under a smoke filled sky, and despite a valiant effort, came out on the short end of a 38-0 score.
The Mustangs received the ball first and immediately started charging down the field with back to back pass completions by quarterback Tristan Tuma. On the third play of the game Tuma dropped back to pass, but was picked off by Longhorn sophomore Kelton Fisher. The Longhorns went on to march down the field and kick a field goal to take an early 3-0 lead. A few big breaks and a sideline bomb to senior Hunter Spady left the Longhorns leading 17-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Mustangs were able to complete a few passes, but were unable to get down field and were forced to punt on every possession.
After a few more big runs by the Longhorns, the Mustangs trailed 31-0 with 7 minutes remaining in the half. Following another Mustang punt the Longhorns marched down the field and scored again with a short run up the middle with 2:20 remaining in the half. Neither team would be able to reach the endzone in the second half and the score remained 38-0 after four quarters.
Despite the score, the Mustangs played well against the big, fast Longhorns. The Mustangs were plagued by offensive penalties and a big illegal substitution call on a Longhorn punt, which gave Chase County the ball back in Mustang territory. They were able to make some big plays offensively and came up with some big stops on defense.
The team will travel to Valentine next Friday to play the Badgers. The game will start at 6 p.m.