Hallsville, Mo. – The Eldon Mustangs' winning streak continues as the Mustangs returned home Friday night after a close 14-7 win on the road at Hallsville.
In a matchup between two equally matched 4-2 teams, the Mustangs emerged the victors, advancing their record to 5-2 after a close call threatened their lead.
Eldon struck early in the game to take a 7-0 lead, as Dalton Lister ran for two yards to punch his way in to the end zone for the score after five minutes of playing.
The two teams would play nearly two full quarters before Eldon scored once again in the third quarter on a 1-yard run to increase their lead to 14-0 with another Levi Shinn extra point.
Hallsville would retaliate in the fourth quarter, with about nine minutes left, as QB Joe Forge threw an 18-yard pass to Gabe Breuer for the lone Indian score of the night.
The Hallsville defense forced a three-and-out and was able to string together a series of plays to move down into the Eldon red zone with the help of a strong rushing attack, led by Skyler Creed. The momentum was killed, however, when Creed stretched the ball to the end zone, and lost the ball, which was quickly recovered by the Mustangs defense with three minutes left in the game.
The Mustangs managed to outlast the Indians, thanks in part to the Indians' inability of stopping the run of Eldon. Eldon finished the game with Lister, Greenwalt and Raymond Kwok combining for 164 yards on the ground, while Greenwalt completed three passes for 66 yards through the air for a combined 230 yards on the night on offense.
Hallsville won the game in terms of time possession (nearly three minutes longer than Eldon) and in offensive yardage (Eldon 230, Hallsville 305), but the statistic that tells the real story is the turnovers. Eldon finished the game with no turnovers, while Hallsville turned the ball over twice, once with a fumble and another on a Forge interception, caught by Eldon's Christian Hedrick.
Eldon moves on to take on Southern Boone County (2-5) next Friday.