By Clint Andersen
The Gordon-Rushville Mustang football team played its second consecutive game on the road to open the 2013 season at Chase County. Following a two point loss to Ainsworth in the opener, the Mustangs hoped to even their record when they travelled to Imperial to face off with the Longhorns. Unfortunately, the night belonged to Chase County as they sent the Mustangs home with a 51-0 loss.
The Mustangs received the opening kickoff, but troubles with the shotgun snap plagued the offense throughout the game. The Mustang offense operates exclusively out of the shotgun formation, which places a great deal of pressure on the center to put the ball in the hands of the quarterback. Several high snaps sailed over the head of the Mustang quarterbacks in the game. Fumbles also caused the Mustangs fits as they put the ball on the turf several times, but were lucky enough to recover all but one.
The Mustang defense started strong and forced three Chase County punts and two interceptions in the first half. Despite the strong showing, the Mustangs trailed 23-0 at the half as a result of three touchdown drives by the Longhorns. Chase County also scored a safety when consecutive snaps went over Tristan Tuma’s head on a drive that started on the Mustang 20, but ended in two points for the Longhorns.
In the second half, Chase County hit its stride offensively as they scored touchdowns on four of their six second half possessions. Their other two drives ended in a missed field goal and a failure to convert on fourth and one from the Mustang 22 yard line.
The Mustang offense struggled mightily in the second half. The Mustangs fumbled on their own eleven yard line (recovered by Chase County), turned the ball over on downs at their 26, and threw an interception at midfield on their first three drives of the half. The Mustangs did find something to cheer about in the fourth quarter as Kyle Anderson lined up to punt with the ball at the 18 yard line. Anderson boomed a 77 yard punt that was finally tracked down by Chase County at their 3 yard line with only a one yard return.
The Mustangs return home to face the Valentine Badgers this Friday at 6 p.m. in Gordon. The game will be broadcast on the internet by the Sheridan County Journal Star. To tune in, go to sheridancountyjournalstar.net and look for the link.