Mustangs to take on Kirkwood Pioneers

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MHS’ defense forces a fumble against Eureka’s kick returner. While the fumble was recovered by Eureka, MHS was able to gain some momentum.

After the Mustang’s first loss of the season against Eureka at the Homecoming game,  linebacker Brain Fitzmaurice, junior, said they’ve already faced their toughest opponent.

“The rest of our opponents aren’t as challenging,” Fitzmaurice said. “I think we’ll be able to end the year strong.” 

The Mustangs won 41-0 against Northwest following the Homecoming game. The team will face Kirkwood tonight at Kirkwood.

With the upcoming Kirkwood game, Coach Michael Stewart recognizes the team’s ability, but has a plan for the Mustang’s victory.

“Our job is to minimize their big plays as much as possible,” Stewart said. “We wanna lean on our running game as much as possible.”

Stewart said he is confident in the rest of the season moving forward. He said they need to achieve a certain level of consistency in order to succeed. 

“It’s been a successful season so far, we’re really proud of our ventures,” Stewart said. 

That Eureka game is where our flaw really showed,”

— Will Malsch

He said one of their downfalls this season has been their running back, Connor Griebbenow, and one of their varsity defenders, George Gaston, both being injured. He is confident that other players will be able to step into their roles and work just as hard as they would’ve.

Senior Gavin Marsh, wide receiver, remarked how difficult the loss against Eureka was for the team.. 

“That Eureka game is where our flaws really showed,” Marsh said.  “They are a better team but we were putting out the best we had.”

Although it was the loss that ended the team’s winning streak, Marsh said the team is focused on learning from it and moving forward. 

“That was definitely our biggest setback,” Marsh said. “But I think it’s gonna be good moving forward because there was a lot to learn from it.” 

Although the season hasn’t gone as planned, senior Will Malsch, utility/outside linebacker, is looking forward to future games leading up to the playoffs. 

“There will definitely be some competition,” Malsch said. “But I don’t think it’s anything we can’t beat.”