PASADENA - 9/3/10 - The Mustangs of John Muir High had an offensive explosion in the second half as they stamped the Matadors of San Gabriel High, 46-12, in a CIF Southern Section nonleague game.Mustang quarterback Jeffery Davis had a fantastic game, running for two touchdowns while also throwing an astonishing 98-yard score to teammate Karl Holmes.
"In the second half we came out and played football," said Mustang coach Ken Howard. "We had a couple of starting linemen and a slot receiver out, but we came together (as a team)."
For the Matadors it was a disappointing game which saw the team waste numerous opportunities.
"(Muir) started winning the position battle in the second half," said Matador coach Jude Oliva. "(During) our opening drive in the second half we had a three-and-out series which seemed to have stalled us out."
Although the winning margin for the Mustangs was enormous, the game was a lot closer than what the final score indicated.
Bad turnovers and penalties stalled two Matador drives inside the Mustang 10-yard line.
Trailing 6-5 late in the first quarter, the Matadors found themselves inside the Mustang red zone.
However, a crucial holding penalty pushed the Matador offense back as they were unable to regain the lost yardage. The drive ended with a 28-yard field goal miss by place kicker Gilmar Tenes.
Late into the second quarter the Matadors had a tremendous 10-play drive end horribly, as running back Matthew Tafoya fumbled the ball deep in enemy territory, squandering another Matador scoring chance.
Even though the Mustangs took a 12-5 lead early in the third quarter, the Matadors responded quickly behind the great power and speed of tailback Arthur Brown.
Brown had an exceptional 73-yard run that saw him pushed out of bounds at the Mustang four-yard line. Brown two plays later capped the drive off with a three-yard touchdown run to even the game at 12.
From that point forward the Mustangs would take over the game.
Behind the legs of tailbacks Tairen Owens and Howard Vaughn, and the elusiveness of dual-threat quarterback Davis, the Mustangs would run wild all over a game Matador team.
Vaughn, the Mustangs' 220-pound fullback, scored two touchdowns from inside the Matador five-yard line.
Owens himself would not be kept off the score sheets, as he scored a 25-yard touchdown halfway through the fourth quarter pushing the Mustang lead to 30-12.
Late in the game Davis capped the evening with a nine-yard touchdown run and a bomb to wideout Holmes.
"I think they went into a more speed lineup which hurt us off the edge," said Oliva, describing the change in tactics by Muir in the second half. "I thought our defense was pretty good. Their quarterback was really athletic with his feet which made him dangerous.
"(Davis) made a lot of plays which made our guys miss (tackles). When a kid can move back there that automatically makes him the x-factor of the game."
Before next Friday's home opener against South Pasadena High, Oliva would like to see several improvements in his team's play.
"We need to improve our red zone production. Next week we are going to be working on ball security also. We definitely need to work on our open space tackling as well," said Oliva.