Hitmen 0 :: Mustangs 35

Mustangs Defeat Hitmen and Remain Perfect

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Hitmen unable to find their stride in loss to Mustangs.

  • Offense sputters in loss to Mustangs.

    The Madison Mustangs were riding a 19 game winning streak coming in to last weekends game against the Muskego Hitmen.  In a rivalry that has been fairly even over the last 7 seasons, the Mustangs got the best of the Hitmen last season, winning the game 36-0 despite the game being called for weather just after halftime.  It would be the start of this winning streak that now stands at 20 games after defeating the Hitmen last Saturday. The scouting report on the Mustangs was that they were a solid football team with great talent.  They do not make very many mistakes, and capitalize on the mistakes of their opponents to win in dominant fashion.  They were coming off of a 70-0 win over the Venom, and definitely had momentum on their side.  The Hitmen, on the other hand, were coming off of a win over the Shorewood Monarchs in a game in which they looked less than spectacular.  They were also without several of their key players on both sides of the ball.  The Hitmen would not be intimidated by the Mustangs, but unfortunately the Mustangs use more than fear alone to get the job done.  A few big plays on offense, a tough, swarming defense, and capitalizing on a few mistakes by the Hitmen would once again be the recipe for success for the Mustangs to the tune of a 35-0 victory. The game, however, was more competitive than the score would indicate, as the short-handed Hitmen played with a lot of heart and desire.  Several times throughout the game both teams would exchange punts in a game of field position, waiting for an opportunity to strike.  The game was scoreless until late in the first quarter when the Mustangs scored on a fade pattern to #81 Reggie Davis in the corner of the endzone.  In the second quarter, the Mustangs once again hit Reggie Davis, this time streaking down the sideline for the score.  The first half scoring would conclude with Mustang QB  "Petro" rushing into the endzone from 9 yards out.  The Hitmen offense threatened a few times on the legs of Booker Stanley, but were unable to punch it in for the score.  The score would remain 21-0 all the way into the fourth quarter, as the Hitmen defense tightened up, but the offense was still unable to score. "The Mustangs scored a few touchdowns in the first half on some great plays, but we still felt our defensive scheme was good If we would've been able to put one in the endzone ourselves early in the 2nd half, it could've changed the tone of the game.  Unfortunately we were unable to gain any rhythm and the Mustang defense was up to the task.  This will definitely be something we need to address moving forward.  I'm confident we can score some points.  We just need to execute."- Head Coach Jason Blawat The game remained turnover-free going into the fourth quarter, that there were not any big momentum-changing plays on Special Teams for either team.  However, that would soon change to set up the Mustangs 4th touchdown.  The Hitmen were lined up for the punt when a bad snap was unable to be fielded cleanly by Hitmen punter #28Bill Iwaskiewicz.  Bill was tackled 15 yards behind the line-of-scrimmage, giving the Mustangs good field position.  A few plays later, they rushed the ball into the endzone and after the extra-point, the score was 28-0.  A few possessions later disaster would strike once again. The Hitmen forced a Mustang punt, but muffed the ball on the return, which would be recovered by the Mustangs, giving them a short field to the endzone.  A few plays later, WR #85 Mike Gilbertson would catch a short pass and take it 3 yards into the endzone for the score.  The game would end 35-0. Despite the lop-sided loss, the we need to focus on both the things that wedid well, as well as the things that need great improvement.  We have one regular season game left  before heading into the NFC playoffs.  With both teams having locked up their seeds for the playoffs, both the Hitmen and the Wauwatosa Spartans will look to use this game for momentum.  The Hitmen have only faced the Spartans once before, beating them 35-7 last year in the battle in the fog.  The Spartans will undoubtedly look for a little revenge, as the Hitmen will look to get their offense firing on all cylinders once again.  Should be a great battle between two IFL heavyweights.  

    quick stats

    Offense
    Passing6 of 23 for 76.0 yds, 0 TDs & 0 INTs
    Rushing25 for 64.0 yds, 0 TDs & 0 fumbles
    There are no Blocking stats
    Receiving6 catches, 76.0 yds, 0 TDs & 0 drops
    Defense
    Solo Tackles43
    Sacks4
    Frcd Fumbles0
    Def INTs0
    Def. TDs0

    Hustle Player

    When the Hitmen offense needs a spark, they need not look any further than Booker Stanley. Booker has been a workhorse the last few games, leading the team in rushing attempts, yards, and touchdowns. What has been most impressive is his vision, his yards after contact, and his ability to turn what looks to be a loss into a big gain. Booker has worked extremely hard on and off the field, and is this weeks Hustle Player of the Week.