Myers Park Crushes Rocky River 62-7

Ravens Kalib Jennings rushes for a big gain. (Paul Imirie)
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Ravens QB Korey Hailey in the pocket. (Paul Imirie)
Isaiah Mcilwain heading downfield after a catch. (Paul Imirie)
Ravens Jaylon Stringfellow punt is about to be blocked by Mustang. (Paul Imirie)
Kirkland Williams in action for a short gain. (Paul Imirie)

The Mustangs visited the “Rock” on Friday night and completely dominated the Ravens in every aspect of the football game. Myers Park entered the game ranked third in the state and is a nationally ranked football team.

Their highly rated quarterback Drake Maye and wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad connected for two 66 yard touchdown plays in the game. On the Mustangs first possession, a 3rd down and nine from their own 34 yard line, Muhammad broke free and Maye would hit him perfectly in stride at the 20 yard line, Muhsin would carry the pigskin straight into the end zone for a quick 7-0 lead.

On the kick-off after a penalty, Ravens quarterback Korey Hailey was intercepted on the 11 yard line by Cameron Sinclair who scamperd into the end zone to make the score 13-0. The PAT missed as it hit the upright, which turned out to be the only miscue made by the Mustangs the entire football game.

After another touch back on the kick-off the Ravens would be forced to punt. However, the kick was blocked and the Mustangs would take over on the 10 yard line. On the next play, the Mustangs would rumble into the end zone for the score to take a 20-0 lead to end the first quarter of competition.

The Ravens defense held the explosive offense of the Mustangs on their next possession forcing a punt. This would lead to the Ravens only score on a nicely executed sustained 78 yard drive with the highlight being a well thrown touchdown pass from Hailey to Antjuan Collins.

Kalib Jennings was a consistent bright spot for Rocky River rushed for 8 yards on first down, then Hailey connected for 16 yards to Antjuan Collins to the Ravens 46, Jennings would weave and slash his way to the Mustangs 42, then pick-up another 7 yards on the next play, second down and 4, a holding call would nullify a 13 yard rumble by Jennings to bring the ball back to the 31 yard line. On the next play, Hailey would drop back with good pass protection and find Collins inside the five yard line, who would evade two defenders with a nice shake and bake move for the touchdown. The score now was 20-7 with the Mustangs still holding a comfortable advantage.

On the next possession, the Mustangs would answer with their own 76 yard drive. They used a solid ground attack and three pass plays from Maye to his favorite wide receivers Muhammad and Twan Flip. They would score on a shuffle pass from Maye to Flip from the 30 yard line to take a 27-7 lead.

The Mustangs would go on to score three more touchdowns in the quarter to take a commanding 48-7 dominating first half performance into the intermission. The Ravens who have a good defense, were just beaten by the excellent offensive line play of the Mustangs who controlled the line of scrimmage. They provide Maye with solid pass protection, the strong armed and accurate passing quarterback could pick the defense apart with his core of talented receivers. The Mustangs just overwhelmed the Ravens who looked awe struck at times.

In the second half, the Mustangs did not take their foot off the accelerator pedal, they added two more touchdowns to take a 62-7 commanding and dominating lead over the Ravens. With the running clock throughout the fourth quarter, this writer must give credit to Ravens Coach Orlando Gray. He called a timeout with 10:06 remaining in the contest, he gathered his team together on the sideline who looked tired and beaten, gave his boys a pep talk, and with a Ravens roar they went back on the field and did not allow the mighty powerful Mustangs another score in the football game.

Myers Park is for real, they are the class of the Southwestern 4A Conference, the Mustangs have no weaknesses, an explosive offense, a shut-down defense, solid special teams, a great kicking game, speed, size, discipline, and are loaded with college recruitment talent. They are arguably the best team in the state and are nationally ranked.

Team         1st         2nd         3rd          4th          Total 

Mustangs    20          28          14            0             62

Ravens          0             7            0             0               7

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran’s affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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