Pirates pillage East Marshall in opener
LE GRAND – Patrick Farley wanted his Mustangs to leave the struggles of 2013 in the past.
The third-year coach is ready to toss his squad’s opening-week backfire in the heap of things to forget as well.
Limited to 122 yards of total offense and just five first downs, the East Marshall football team couldn’t keep pace with Hudson’s read-option attack in a 46-0 non-district loss Friday.
“We didn’t execute, we made mental errors and the line play wasn’t there,” Farley said. “We had a little flare-up, a few things didn’t go our way and all of a sudden we kind of stopped playing hard and that’s been the mentality that I hope to change, but we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Dylan Hassman threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another to lead the Pirates (1-0) past the Mustangs in slick conditions. Hudson, which advanced to the Class 1A playoffs last year, reached the end zone three times during a 7-minute span in the second quarter to break open a 34-0 halftime lead.
East Marshall (0-1), which dropped its 15th consecutive game, started the contest with its best drive traveling all the way down to the Pirates’ 27. Nick Long sparked the surge with a 41-yard sprint on a pitch out left, but East Marshall eventually turned it over on downs. Following Hassman’s 16-yard strike to Austin Roth, the Mustangs fumbled on their next drive and Hudson went up 14-0 just five plays later to set the rout in motion.
Hassman called his own number up the middle from 25 yards out with 41 seconds left in the first and tossed a couple more TDs in the second. The senior signal caller connected with Roth again on a 5-yard dart with 7:59 to go and needed just one play after East Marshall turned it over on downs on a bobbled snap from its own 17 to extend the lead even further.
Hassman completed his third TD pass on a 17-yard connection with Kain Krizek to stretch the gap to 27-0 with 2:15 remaining in the half. A quick three-and-out and a personal foul against the home team set up another short field for Hudson which began its next drive from East Marshall’s 23. Two plays later, Nick Engel rumbled in from 18 yards out at the 1:16 mark.
Despite the wet conditions, Hassman completed seven of nine passes for 79 yards and rushed for 87 more on 10 carries. Jesse Murray added 63 yards and a TD on six carries, Engel netted 50 yards and two touchdowns on 14 rushes and Ross Anderson reeled in three catches for 44 yards as the Pirates kept East Marshall off balance all night.
“They ran their read option really well and (Hassman) is fast,” Farley said. “Our D-line didn’t execute, we didn’t do our jobs and you get a little bit of option with some tall guys who can catch balls and they’re going to make them pay.”
Engel set the continuous clock in motion with a nine-yard burst near the 5-minute mark of the third and Murray capped the scoring on a 25-yard scamper midway through the fourth.
Long led the Mustangs with 80 yards on 15 carries and Lansana Mohr (7 rushes, 20 yards) showed some shiftiness on several runs before leaving with a leg injury in the second half.
Farley was hoping to spread the wealth but may soon have both lining in the backfield together.
“We’re going to have to find a way to get Nick and Lansana in the same backfield,” Farley said. “I was hoping to avoid that for depth purposes but we’re going to have to find a way to get those two in the backfield.”
Meanwhile, the Mustangs quarterback job remains open as a couple miscommunications under center forced Farley to hand the keys to sophomore Dru Boliver for the second half.
“We hoped Payton (Steward) might do some things but there were a lot of fumbled snaps and some other mistakes,” the Mustang coach said. “Dru came in for the second half and managed the game a little bit better.”
The Mustangs finished 0-10 last season, losing by an average of 33 points, though Farley wants his team to avoid rewinding through thoughts of last year or Friday’s setback and fast forward ahead.
“There’s nothing we can do about this game, we’ve got to find a way to put it past us,” Farley said. “We’ve got to have a short-term memory and we’ve got to look to next week.”
The Mustangs travel to Conrad next Friday to face BCLUW at 7 p.m.
The Pirates defeated East Marshall 23-6 in Hudson last fall. … BCLUW beat East Marshall 42-13 in Conrad last year.