The Logan Longhorns were overpowered by the unbeaten Mountainair Mustangs 52-26 in their homecoming game on Friday night.
The Mustangs’ defense made two goal line stands against the 0-5 Longhorns in the final period. Senior running back Tanner Sorrels was stopped inches from the pylon and quarterback Hayes Frost was tackled at the 1 yard line on a keeper play.
“Our boys have always played tough and I knew they would step up in those clutch situations,” said Mustangs coach Robert Zamora.
The Mustangs (5-0) began to run the ball to take time off the clock in the second half. Junior Cimarron Zamora handled most of the carries. Zamora had three rushing touchdowns during the game.
Zamora said his team made some mistakes on defense allowing the Longhorns (0-5) opportunities to move the ball and score.
“They are a solid team, and well-coached,” Zamora said.
Twice the Longhorns scored following a Mustangs score, keeping the momentum from shifting completely in Mountainair’s favor.
With less than a minute left in the half, facing a fourth-and-12, Sorrels connected with freshman Wyatt Strand for a 52-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-18 at the half.
At the start of the second half, the Mustangs took 5 minutes off the clock and scored. On the following Longhorns possession, Sorrels broke free of a tackler and ran down the sideline for a 56-yard touchdown.
“We had some big plays which pulled us right back into the game,” said Longhorns head coach Kene Terry.
Terry said the Longhorns played better than the score indicated.
“We knew it was going to be tough,” Terry said. “ We were able to get the ball moving and, for three quarters, we kept it within a two-possession game.”
Terry said the team has done a good job of handling the rough start to the season.
“I’d say we have the toughest schedule in 8-man,” Terry said. “We’ve played some of the top teams of the state. In more than one of those games, we were able to stay with them through most of the game.”
Terry said the bumps and bruises the team is experiencing now will ultimately pay off.
“We are going to continue to practice and play each Friday with all we have,” Terry said.