It’s been a while since the Mustang football team got to celebrate a victory, but they did so Friday night, pulling out an 11-8 win over Diboll.
It was the first Mustang win for Athletic Director Rusty Nail and his new coaching staff.
“It was an outstanding effort by our defense,” Nail said. “They held up against Diboll’s 64 offensive snaps and held them to eight points and created numerous turnovers.”
The coach added that the Mustangs were solid in special teams and kept field position in their favor most of the night, “which is key in the rain and muddy conditions we were playing in.”
“Offensively, Gabriel Smith and Cornelius Merchant ran the ball well,” Nail said. “We need to continue to improve up front in our run and pass blocking. Our biggest issue the other night was our inability to sustain a drive after pushing the ball deep into Diboll territory.”
MCISD Superintendent Keith Smith, whose nephew is the team’s quarterback, said the field was wet, nasty and muddy.
“It was ugly, but we won,” he said, referencing the field conditions. “The defense hung on.”
After the Mustangs got on the board early, the team held the Lumberjacks scoreless until the final quarter.
“A fumble, two bad snaps on offensive plays, a bad snap on a field goal attempt and three costly penalties inside the 10 kept a lot of scoring opportunities from happening,” Nail said.
Now 1-0, the Mustangs play the first home game at 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Woodville.