Two classy teams put it all out there, left it all on the field for something bigger than the game itself. I feel fortunate to have witnessed it. As a father, community member, and former coach it was the proudest football moment I have experienced yet. Those boys from both teams did something special. I wish the score was flip flopped, but at this point it truly doesn't matter. To top it off, I got to go with Justin and Toi to witness the Phoenix Temple dedication today. My heart is full.
I watched second half on internet. Great defense played by both sides, but in the end Mogollon made the plays they needed. IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, one 4th quarter turnover killed a Bagdad drive. Mogollon made their long go ahead drive that started in third quarter and finished in fourth quarter... helped by two costly Sultan penalties (an offsides that gave Mog a first down, and a late hit after a long run that put Mogollon at about the 7 yard line. Bagdad then fumbled the ensuing kickoff that was returned about to midfield, but got the ball back after holding Mogollon. Bagdad then turned it over on downs during their only fourth quarter possession. Mogollon had a close call on one fourth quarter Bagdad play where RB Jeans JUST about broke through for what would have likely been a TD. One guy was able to slow him then another Mustang got him. Mogollon then ran out the clock in another good drive that ended at about Bagdad's 5 yard line when they took a knee.
I was a little surprised how ineffective Bagdad's passing game was. QB was not on target, but pressure on him was great. Bagdad top RB looked like he was hurting, but Mogollon's top RB was also hobbling at times. Player of the game, in my opinion, was Mogollon LB/G Stevens, who appeared to be involved in just about every tackle. He also provided excellent blocking offensively. I was told that Bagdad took opening possession and marched right down the field like they're accustomed to doing and scored a TD and two-point conversion. Mogollon's only score of the first half was a pick-six, but the PAT failed. Mustangs drove into the red zone at least once (maybe three times?) in the first half, but could never convert. After that first drive, Mogollon shut down Bagdad. The Sultans were never really close to scoring in the second half, again, based on what I remember.
It looked like a very good game between two strong defensive teams. Very Impressive defenses on both sides. Remember these are two teams that typically score lots of points. Not last night.
Congrats to both teams and especially to Coach Slade and the Mustangs.