The Mingus Marauders and the
Sunnyslope Vikings met at the neutral field of beautiful
This re-match semifinal game was a continuation of the hard-nose style of play for which both programs are known. It was a defensive struggle early on and turnovers would make the difference. Sunnyslope slipped up first. Marauder, Chad Hill intercepted a Sunnyslope pass and gave his Mingus offense a short field to work with. Four plays later, quarterback Jay Arthur scrambled for a 32 yard touchdown. The PAT was no good.
Mingus had it's share of mistakes. They had two fumbles that ended drives. One was recovered by Sunnyslope's Chase Corley at the Mingus 17. The Vikings could make no progress and ended up missing a field goal.
Late in the half, Jay Arthur led his Marauders on an eleven play, 75-yard drive. Arthur finished by following his big boys up front for a 1-yard touchdown. He then added the 2pt conversion to make the score 14-0.
TJ Campbell of Sunnyslope had a relatively quiet half, other than the 60-yard interception that he ran back for touchdown with 37 seconds left in the half.
In the second half Mingus' big
front was dominating the line of scrimmage. With the running of Jay Arthur, Jon Bodam and Ryan Hauser, the Marauders were able to
move the ball. What stopped them from putting up more points on the board were
the penalties. Mingus had ten
penalties in the second half. The aggressive Mingus D continued to shut down the
run of the Vikings. Tyler Butler and
Matt Dumez each had an interception
to stop Sunnyslope drives.
Mingus put the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter when they put together a penalty free nine play drive. Ryan Hauser ran it in from 20 yards out to make the final Mingus 21, Sunnyslope 7.
Mingus defense for shutting out the Sunnyslope offense.
Sunnyslope had a great season. At
one point they were 3-4 and then went on a six game tear and lost in the
semi-finals. Mingus was 24-7's pre-season #1. Next week they play in