Mathews keeps momentum going with 48-0 victory

VIENNA – The Mathews Mustangs ended the 2013 season on a high note – beating Windham in Week 10 to finish the season with a 5-5 mark.

The winning has carried over in to 2014.

The Mustangs amassed 381 yards on the ground to defeat St. John’s, 48-0.

“We were psyched up,” Mathews coach Mike Palumbo said. “It’s game one. High school football is finally here and we’re playing a home game under the lights. The kids were looking forward to it because we ended last year on a good note. Beating Windham in the last game really carried over.”

On the other hand, the last time the St. John Fighting Heralds fielded a varsity football team was six long years ago.

The layoff was evident from the get go as four of the first five plays the Mustangs ran from scrimmage resulted in a touchdown to build out an early 27-0 advantage.

“They are a double tight power team and that is the worst thing you could start off against,” Ashtabula St. John coach Dominic Iarocci said. “We knew they were good.”

While the Mustangs were nearly flawless executing their offense, the Heralds struggled mounting anything offensively as they had negative-40 yards of total offense and punted eight times.

“We’re in the situation where we have to take baby steps before we do anything,” Iarocci said. “We knew that going in. We started off against a really good team and I don’t think our kids were ready for that just yet.”

With the graduation of 1,000-yard rusher Austin Arnal, the Mustangs were counting on Cobie Pratt to carry much of the workload.

His 57-yard run in the first quarter increased the Mustangs lead to 14-0, but it also was Brian Leipply and Justin Marshall with 63- and 65-yard touchdown runs respectfully that completed the 89 yards rushing on eight attempts by Daniel Canter.

Mathews finished with 398 yards of offense compared to 2 for the Heralds.