Mustangs use big second half to pull away

Published 10:14 am Saturday, September 23, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

Isabella High School outscored Fayetteville High School 39-13 in the second half on Sept. 22 to cruise to an AHSAA Class 2A Region 4 win on the road.

After two rushing touchdowns by Garrett Price and a touchdown run and throw by Eli Kendrick, the Mustangs had Fayetteville down 28-0 and right where they wanted them in the first half. However, a special team’s touchdown by the Wolves and a Mustang fumble that gave them a short field that was converted into points shrunk the lead significantly going into halftime at 28-20.

“The good thing about that is we had to overcome some adversity on the road,” Isabella head coach Tate Leonard said. “The second half it was not much of a speech, just settle down and hold on to the ball. We came out in the second half and really put the game away.”

Isabella did respond and came out in the second half with a heavy dose of the run game as Kendrick scampered for a 70-yard touchdown, and Price added two more touchdown runs to his totals.

Kendrick had 321 total yards — 186 rushing and 135 passing, and accounted for three touchdowns. Price ran for 79 yards and punched in a season-high four touchdowns for the Mustangs in route to 512 yards of total offense.  He also pulled down an interception on defense.

Dre’Von Lee broke off a 34-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and defensive back Tyler Mims took a 27-yard interception for a pick six to ice the game away. Mims was also the beneficiary of Kendrick’s first half touchdown pass from 33 yards out. Mims caught two passes for 43 yards.

“We are getting better each week, but we really do not have our whole team and are dealing with some injuries,” Leonard said. “I still do not think we have played our best football yet, but we are getting better. I am looking forward to putting all of that together and getting some of these guys healthy.”

Isabella (3-1) steps out of region play for their next matchup on Sept. 29 hosting neighboring county rival Billingsley High School at 7 p.m.