The Eldon Mustangs finished their regular season with one of the toughest of the season as they hosted 8-1 Blair Oaks with predictable results. The Falcons won 35-6 over the Mustangs but it was a battle all the way.
There was no score in the first quarter for either team despite the Mustangs driving into the red zone after stopping the Falcons in their tracks on their first possession.
Eldon's quarterback Wyatt Greenwalt put the ball in the air when a Blair Oaks defender snagged it at the one-yard line. Ashton Mason then ran past the stunned Mustangs before being stopped at the 30-yard line. That would turn out to be Eldon's best shot at scoring for the rest of the game.
Both teams were held scoreless in the first quarter, but the Falcons broke it open in the top half of the second on a 49-yard touchdown run.
The Mustangs were forced to punt on the next possession and Blair Oaks had found their groove, finishing that drive with a 35-yard touchdown run to take a 14-0 lead.
Eldon ground out another drive to the goal that got them in the red zone again, but a penalty at the 16-yard line stopped them and put the ball back in Falcon hands. Two plays later, Blair Oaks scored on a 65-yard run and they took a 20-0 lead into the half.
The Mustangs came out renewed for the second half despite having lost senior Sheyne Stafford to an apparent ankle sprain on their last drive. Holding the Falcons close through the third quarter, the Mustangs got on the board with a five-yard touchdown run by Raymond Kwok.
Blair Oaks answered on the next possession and added a two-point conversion to extend the lead to 28-6. A 25-yard touchdown pass from Castillo to Mason with just six minutes left in the game was enough to close it down for the night.
Eldon's record fell to 5-4 but it marked the second consecutive winning season for the Mustangs, who've been in a rebuilding phase under head coach Shannon Jolley. Prior to last year, the Mustangs had only one win in nine years.
Kwok had 19 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown. Stafford had 13 carries for 37 yards and Greenwalt carried the ball eight times for five yards. Greenwalt also connected on four of 10 passes for a total of 20 yards.
The loss also dropped Eldon from the No. 2 seed spot they had held to a No. 4 berth for district play and ensures them home-field advantage. They will host No. 6 seed Ava on Thursday. A win will put them up against the winner of the Springfield Catholic-Buffalo game and will be played on Halloween. If Springfield prevails over Buffalo, then the Eldon game would be at Springfield. If Buffalo wins, then the Buffalo-Eldon match would be at Eldon.