Marauders shutout Volunteers

Senior runningback Tristan Clark carries the ball for one of his two touchdowns Friday night. Clark scored two touchdowns on two carries for 79 yards. This was Clark’s second straight game with a touchdown as the Marauders are now 2-0 on the season heading into their bye week. VVN photo by Vyto Starinskas.

Senior runningback Tristan Clark carries the ball for one of his two touchdowns Friday night. Clark scored two touchdowns on two carries for 79 yards. This was Clark’s second straight game with a touchdown as the Marauders are now 2-0 on the season heading into their bye week. VVN photo by Vyto Starinskas.

COTTONWOOD - In two games so far this season the Mingus Marauders have racked up 84 points and have only let up two touchdowns, both of those coming in their first game against Cactus Shadows last week.

The Marauders continued their winning ways Friday night, racking up 42 points and shutting out the Lee Williams Volunteers. In their second game at home, it looked like their first game all over again as the Marauders came out strong and fast in the first half racking up two touchdown plays over 70-yards both on the ground.

Senior Tristan Clark got the scoring started for the Marauders as he broke off a 75-yard touchdown run at the 8:30 mark in the first quarter.

Senior Quarterback Jordan Upham would match his classmate with a 9-yard touchdown run at the 5:17 mark, and raise him one when he scampered 74-yards down field to tally his second touchdown run of the night putting the Marauders up 21-0 with 43 seconds left in the first quarter.

Upham would find his way out of multiple tackles on the way to the end zone, almost going down at midfield before scampering the rest of the way.

Clark would come even with Upham when he started off the second quarter with his second touchdown of the night, running the ball in from 4-yards out to put the Marauders up 28-0 with 9:25 left to go in the half. That would be the last score for Upham and Clark as Upham racked up 105 yards on six carries, and Clark found the end zone on both of his carries, racking up 79 yards on two attempts. Mingus Head Coach Bob Young said that this was the expectation for Clark and Upham coming into the year.

"They were our two leading rushers last year," Young said. "So it was the expectation for them to come in this year and succeed."

Senior Anthony Accurso got on the board next for the Marauders finding the end zone from nine-yards out to put the home team up 35-0 with 4:03 left to go in the first half. Junior Alejandro Stabreff would put the final points on the scoreboard for the Marauders has he found the end zone from 33-yards out to put the Marauders up 42-0 and that was it as the Marauders would cruise to their second victory of the year.

Mingus would rack up over 300 yards on the ground for the second straight game. They would finish with 315 yards rushing on 27 carries between eight players. Juan Ruiz, Trey Meyer, Cody Merow, and Alec Phyfer would all get carries for the Marauders as well. With the success on the ground for the Marauders, the work in the offseason has seemed too paid off for the offensive line of Mingus.

"The offensive-line has been better and they have worked really hard," Young said. "I think this is just an accumulation of all the hard work that they put in, in the offseason."

It wasn't all offense for the Marauders though as senior Pete Kelly and sophomore Cole Phelps were able to bring down the Volunteers Quarterback Cameron Ott twice.

According to Maxpreps.com, Kelly brought down Ott for a 22 yard loss and Phelps got him for a nine-yard loss. Aizik Romero also got in on the defensive action too, blocking a punt for the Marauders.

Mingus has forced six turnovers in the first two games and Young says his defense is just playing quick.

"They are just real quick right now," Young said. "We have played two running teams so far this season and we have just been able to shut down the running game both times and that has helped."

Mingus Union goes into their bye week with a 2-0 record, before returning to their home field on September 11th to face off with Peoria at 7 p.m. Peoria lost their first game of the season Friday night to the Sunnyslope Vikings 33-3.

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