The Mustangs scored 68 points and gave up none in their win over the Truckers on Friday, Oct. 18.
Clintonville couldn’t get much going against the Mustangs, rushing for a net loss of 23 yards on 21 carries. The Truckers had more success through the air, completing nine of 27 attempts for 98 yards, though the Mustangs intercepted three passes.
The Trucker defense was overwhelmed by the Mustang offense, giving up 272 rushing yards on 33 carries and seven touchdowns, and 144 passing yards on five completions for two touchdowns.
Chase Young and Travis Whisman both recovered fumbles for Clintonville, while Darrin Carrig led the team with three solo tackles. Whisman led the team in assisted tackles, notching seven.
Despite being blown out, the Truckers stayed classy by allowing the opposing team’s water boy a chance to make a memory that will last a lifetime.
Noah VanVooren, the Mustangs’ water boy, got to suit up for the game on Senior Night. VanVooren has Down Syndrome.
Late in the fourth quarter, VanVooren’s number was called, and he strode onto the field for one play. The ball was snapped and handed to VanVooren, and the Trucker defense let him gallop into the end zone.
The play didn’t count, and the score is considered just an honorary touchdown, but VanVooren and his teammates made a memory that will last a lifetime. The crowd erupted in applause,
VanVooren’s parents, Kara and Todd, expressed extreme gratitude for the kind gesture from both teams.