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Mustangs edge past Wildcats in B2 opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2018 at 10:44 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina/Lyndonville/Barker quarterback Izaiah Rhim breaks loose to score the winning touchdown in the victory over Depew at Vets Park this evening as Zach Johnson blocks.

Two long touchdown runs by quarterback Izaiah Rhim, along with a pair of extra point kicks by Matt Hess, provided just enough offense as Medina/Lyndonville/Barker came from behind twice to edge past Depew 14-12 this evening in the B2 Division season opener at Vets Park.

Matt Hess kicks the second of his two extra points for the Mustangs.

Depew jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead as quarterback Joe Pagano scored on a two-yard run just 2:22 into the first quarter.

However, the Mustangs battled back to take a 7-6 lead as Rhim scored on a 58 yard run in the opening minute of the second quarter and Hess tacked on the all important extra point.

The Wildcats capitalized on a botched Mustangs punt attempt to regain a 12-7 lead on a 7 yard touchdown run by Alex Neu  late in the second quarter.

The Mustangs though again rebounded to retake the lead for good at 14-12 on a 53 yard touchdown run by Rhim with 7:37 to go in the fourth quarter. Hess again added the extra point kick.

The Mustangs defense then came up with a big stop forcing a Depew punt and the offense did the rest running on all but the last 48 seconds. A big 38 yard run by Brian Fry down to the Wildcats 5 yard line highlighted that late drive which stalled out on downs at the Depew 1 after a pair of 5 yard penalties stymied the advance.

Medina next visits Springville next Friday night.

William Braswell picks up yardage for the Mustangs as Sean Miller comes in to defend for Depew.