A-M survives Mullen rally

MERNA--Anselmo-Merna used 28 first-half points and a late defensive stand to stymie Mullen 36-30. The Coyotes quickly put points on the scoreboard. A-M quarterback Joseph Christen scored on a three-yard plunge and A-M converted the two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead. After forcing Mullen to punt the Coyotes quickly found pay-dirt. It was Christen again, this time through the air, connecting with Jake Wells for a 52-yard touchdown pass. A-M converted the two-point conversion before the Mullen found themselves down 16-0. However, the Broncos marched down the field and Tyrell Wilson scored on a three-yard touchdown run. Mullen converted the two-point conversion and cut the lead in half. At the beginning of the second quarter the Coyote offense continued to flex their muscles. A-M drove inside the Mullen five-yard line before Trent Geiser scored on a four-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed and the Coyotes led 22-6. Mullen cut the Coyote lead to six when Riley Rice found Ben Carson for a 33-yard touchdown pass. Not to be outdone, A-M closed out the first-half with a score of their own when Cole Geiser hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass from Christen, the two-point conversion failed and A-M extended the lead to 28-16 at half. After a fast-paced first half the tempo slowed down in the third quarter. The highlight of the quarter was Cole Geiser's second touchdown pass from Christen, this one covering 28 yards. The Coyotes lead 36-16 after three quarters of action, but that didn't stop the Broncos from putting up a fight. Mullen drove to the A-M one-yard line and Trent Porath scored on a one-yard plunge and the Broncos were back in business. After stopping the A-M offense Mullen cut the lead to six when Rice hit Matthew Furrow for a six-yard touchdown pass. However, that was the closest Mullen would come as the Coyote defense held and put away the Broncos. Anselmo-Merna coach Matt McGinn believes his team is starting to develop. "I feel our team is starting to execute our offense fairly well. We are starting to throw the ball more and more and run multiple offensive formations mixing in both the run and pass," McGinn said. "I was happy with what our kids accomplished on offense playing a well -coached Mullen team that plays hard for four quarters." McGinn is also proud that his team was able to stop Mullen from rallying. "It says a lot about our kids. We have played a tough schedule this year; every game we have played has been against a quality ball club. I feel this has seasoned our kids and allowed them to mature and find ways to win. One thing our team can learn from watching this game is even though Mullen has a young group of kids this year, Coach Brown still gets his kids to play with heart and great technique for four quarters of football. When mastered those two things will win you a lot of games," McGinn said. “This was a great game for both teams but there is always more to work on come the following Monday." Anselmo-Merna looks to extend their winning streak against when they host SMC Friday night. Mullen looks to right the ship Friday when they host Stuart.