Statistics are helpful little items that sometimes tell a story of their own. Friday night was not one of those times. Without knowing the final score, the stats were very misleading on Homecoming night against the Fellowship Academy Mustangs. For instance, the statistics show ZERO yards rushing for Denim Reeves. At first glance, you might assume, the Mustangs’ defense had shut down the Six-Man Player of The Year. Delving further into the sometimes useless numbers, we see Zero carries for Reeves. We might then think, he was injured or did not play. Wrong again, Mr. Numbers Cruncher. The real truth was the Coyotes left Denim Reeves in the barn on rushing plays. If Coach Jerry Burkhart was trying to take it easy on the Mustangs, well, it didn’t work. Reeves, with very little playing time, threw 5 passes for 5 completions and 4 touchdowns. Those stats are pretty self-explanatory. Chance Bush, the Coyotes other All-State runner, had only three carries but turned that into 79 yards and a touchdown. Nonetheless, the Coyotes still had the Mustangs all Ty’ed up. Ty Mann returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and then added three more touchdown runs to enable Offensive Coordinator Shawn Rogers the luxury of letting Reeves and Bush rest a little on offense. The younger Mann brother baffled the Mustang defense by running over, under, around and through the defense, as he dazzled his way into the endzone. There again, are some personal statistics, that may be deceiving, as we all know, its not the size of dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog. Danny Tillery snared two of Reeves passes and freight trained his way into the endzone on both. Tra Williams caught four passes for 99 yards and ran for TDs on two of them. Quarterback Ben VanCleave connected with Williams on a pass and led the defense in tackles and scored on an interception in the Mustangs endzone. The weird stats show up again, they read, interception return for Zero yards and a touchdown. I guess you just had to have been there. Trevor Tinney kicked 7 of 10 PATs for 14 points. Chance Bush had 3 tackles and Gunner and Ty Mann both had tackles in the Mustangs’ backfield for losses. Thomas Fowler defended the airways and swatted away a would be Mustang completion. This game was effectively over early in the first quarter and it didn’t take a CPA to figure that out. Lots of Coyotes logged much needed minutes in this contest with, Corey Bessant, Joe Avila, and Gunner Mann all getting carries on offense. No matter the numbers, chalk it up to another victory(20 straight now) and onward in the "Drive for Five".
The Coyotes are obviously finding it difficult to schedule non-district opponents in their own time zone, playing Austin last week, Fort Worth area this week, and San Antonio next week. Local Division I teams(you know who they are) seem reluctant to test themselves against the Coyotes even though they are just a few miles down the road. So, the 4-0 Coyotes travel to the Alamo City to take on the fearless San Antonio Feast (Family Educators Alliance of South Texas) next Friday night.
Congratulations to Sara Hedley, 2011 Homecoming Queen, and Thurman Saxon and Kathy Brockman, 2011 Coming Home, King and Queen. Go Coyotes.