Homecoming Showdown

The Iola Mustangs had a highly anticipated match up last Friday for homecoming, facing off with the Burlington Wildcats. The Wildcats had a record of 3-2 before taking on the Mustangs, coming off a 28-0 loss to a divisional foe, Prairie View.  

The Mustangs came out hot in the first quarter, striking first with a passing touchdown on a streak route thrown by junior Casen Barker. The IHS defense remained stout throughout the course of the game, only giving up six points all night despite the blazing speed of Burlington quarterback, Cael Johnson.

The secondary came up with three interceptions and a fumble recovery, taking advantage of a scared offense. Defensive line play continued to be the focal point for the Mustangs, making yet another team have to try and beat them on the outside with speed alone. Burlington’s offensive line was unable to get a push all night and it opened up lanes for linebackers Casen Barker, IJ Badders, and Devan Reiter.

The Mustang offense was hot as well, with a huge game rushing from IJ Badders and a diverse vertical attack from Casen Barker. The offensive line looked good at times, but struggled to handle a shifting defensive front of quick lineman. It was quite possibly the best showing from the Mustangs ‘Flexbone’ offense all year.  

Now with a district record of 2-2, the Mustangs are completely in control of their fate. With a win they could possibly host a home playoff game, but with a loss a playoff birth is not guaranteed.