Mustangs looking for a chance of pace

The season might be different but the script continues to look the same for the Mounds View High School football team. Through the first five weeks of the season, the Mustangs have matched game-for-game the results of 2015.

After five games last season, Mounds View was 4-1 with the wins and losses coming against the exact same teams in the exact same order. The Mustangs kept pace with last year by beating White Bear Lake 34-27 last Friday at Mustang Stadium.

Mounds View heads east to Stillwater this week looking to finally change things up from last year. Stillwater beat the Mustangs 21-14 in week six a year ago and the loss was the beginning of a season-ending four-game losing streak.

The similarities to last year don’t necessarily go in Mounds View’s favor. Not only are the Mustangs on a familiar path as 2015, Stillwater enters this week s game with a record of 2-3. That was the same mark the Ponies had a year ago at this time.

One difference is that Stillwater collected both of its wins this season in the first two weeks and has lost its last three games. The Ponies fell 18-0 to Woodbury last week.

Mounds View found itself in a battle against White Bear Lake in week five. The Bears grabbed the first lead of the game kept it close before Mounds View took control in the third quarter.

Leading by only three heading to second half, the Mustangs extended the lead by scoring the only points of the third quarter. Xavier Myles put Mounds View in front to stay on a one-yard touchdown run.

Miles added a 34-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to open up a 17-point advantage. White Bear Lake scored a 21-yard rushing touchdown and kicked a 37-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to make it a one-score game but would get no closer.

White Bear Lake grabbed the initial lead in the game on a 10-yard touchdown run but Mounds View responded with a 44-yard touchdown run from Jack Graham.

In the second quarter, Mounds View scored on a 52-yard pass from Ryan Nickel to Max Janes and a Nickel 11-yard touchdown run. White Bear Lake got a 46-yard touchdown pass and a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Mounds View got its offense untracked after a frustrating showing in week four against Roseville. The Mustangs barely reached the 100-yard mark in total offense against the Raiders but exploded for 451 yards against White Bear Lake.

The Mustangs amassed 325 rushing yards and had two individuals top the century mark on the ground. Myles ran the ball 18 times for 115 yards and Graham rolled up 108 yards on 12 rushes.

Nickel completed five of 12 passes for 126 yards and Janes was his favorite target. Janes caught three balls for 90 yards.

After tangling with Stillwater, Mounds View returns home to host Woodbury in week seven and closes out the regular season in week eight with a trip to the University of St. Thomas to face Cretin-Derham Hall.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.



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