Category: Football

Independence Mustangs vs. Humboldt Wildcats Varsity Football

By: Charisse Lolagne

As the First quarter began, Caden Matson ran for 3 yards for the first touchdown of the night.(The Point after Kick by Trevor Beach is good) Lance Coon ran for 20 yards for another touchdown for the Wildcats. Teegan McEnany on the tackle (Assisted by Brady McDonald) The Point After Kick by Trevor Beach is good. The score of the game is 0 (Independence Mustangs- 14 (Humboldt Wildcats)

As the second quarter began, the Mustangs were ready to have a score on the board. Marcus Beatty passed to Keegan Schmitt for 48 yards. The first touchdown for the Mustangs. The Point after Kick by Sawyer Wendling was good. Caden Matson passed to Corey Dettmann for 43 yards. Another touchdown for the Wildcats. Jacob Sidles returned to the Mustangs 36 for 14 yards. The Point after Kick by Trevor Beach is good. Marcus Beatty ran only a yard for another touchdown for the Mustangs. (Point after Kick by Sawyer Wendling is good.) With only 15 seconds left of the first half, Mitchell Johnson passed the ball to Keegan Schmitt for 25 yards. Touchdown! Owen Hubbel on the tackle. But the Point After Kick by Sawyer Wendling was successful. The score after the First half was 21(Independence Mustangs)- 28 (Humboldt Wildcats)

As the third quarter began, Lance Coon was determined to score yet again. He ran for 24 yards for another touchdown for the Humboldt Wildcats. Brady McDonald was in on the tackle but was assisted by Marcus Beatty. The point-after kick by Trevor Beach was good.

The final quarter of the game began and the Wildcats were determined to keep going. Caden Matson passed to Will Orness for 19 yards, yet another touchdown for the wildcats. Zach slides on the tackle (Assisted by Brady McDonald) Point after kick by Trevor Beech was successful. Caden Matson ran for 6 yards for a touchdown. Mitchell Johnson threw an incomplete pass to the team at the Wildcats 20 for 0 yards. (Point After Kick by Trevor Beach is good.) The final score of the game was 21 (Independence Mustangs)- 42 (Humboldt Wildcats).

Although the season has come to an end, the Independence Football team has made history for the school. This was our first time making it this far into the state playoffs and only our second time playing Humboldt. Thank you to the community and the sponsors for supporting the Independence Mustangs football team.

Gameday Notes: Week 10 @ Humboldt Wildcats

Independence will travel to Humboldt to take on the Wildcats in the Quarterfinals of the 2021 IHSAA Football Playoffs.  This is the first time in history that Independence has made the Quarterfinals of the IHSAA Playoffs.  This will be the 2nd time in history that Independence will play Humboldt, the first being in 1946 where Humboldt won in Independence 26-7. 

Football player gets ready to catch a pass

Independence makes it to the second round of playoffs! Independence Mustangs vs. Benton Community Bobcats

October 29th,2021, By: Charisse Lolagne 

As the second quarter began, Marcus Beatty ran for one yard. The first touchdown of the night by the Mustangs. (Two-Point Conversion run by Keegan Schmitt is no good.) Later in the quarter, Marcus Beatty scored yet again, he ran for 18 yards with the point after kick by Sawyer Wendling also being successful. The score after the second quarter is 13-0 with the Mustangs in the lead.

In the fourth quarter, Both teams are determined to make it to round two. Mitchell Johnson passed to Keegan Schmitt for 11 yards for yet another touchdown for the mustangs. But, the two-point conversion run by Keegan Schmitt is no good. While the Benton community is desperate to score, Aidan Gallery passes the ball to Aiden Thompson for a 29-yard touchdown. The Two-point Conversion run by Ryan Tjelmeland is no good. Marcus Beatty did not allow the Bobcats scoring play to affect him. He ran for a 47-yard touchdown and was successful along with Sawyer Wendlings Point After kick. The final score of the first round of playoffs is, 26-6 with the Independence Mustangs Advancing to the Quarterfinals of the playoffs where they will travel to Humboldt, Iowa.

Independence Mustangs vs. Center Point Urbana Stormin’ Pointers

By: Charisse Lolagne 

            After a scoreless first quarter, Mitchell Johnson was prepared to score in the second quarter of the game. Johnson completed a pass to Keegan Schmitt that went for a 27-yard touchdown, the first one of the night. (Two-point conversion run by Trey Weber is good). In the last 58 seconds of the game, Mitchell Johnson completed a 14-yard pass to Brady McDonald and another touchdown for the Independence Mustangs!

            As the third quarter began, the Mustangs were eager to score again. Marcus Beatty ran the ball 28 yards for the third touchdown of the night. (Two-point conversion run by Marcus Breatty is no good). Marcus Beatty attempted yet another scoring play when he ran for 16 yards for another touchdown for the Independence Mustangs! (Two-point conversion by Marcus Beatty is no good.) Marcus Beatty runs another 28 yards for yet another touchdown for the mustangs! (Two-point conversion pass by Mitchell Johnson to Brady McDonald is good.) Mitchell Johnson’s 40-yard pass completion to Marcus Beatty for 40 yards Touchdown. (Two-point conversion run by Mitchell Johnson is no good.) The score of the game is now 34-0, with Mustangs in the lead.

            As the fourth quarter of the night began with Marcus Beatty determined to score yet again. Beatty successfully completed a pass to Brady McDonald for 79 yards and another touchdown for the Mustangs. The Stormin’ Pointers had yet to score a touchdown until now when Collin Hoskins ran for two yards putting CP/U on the scoreboard for their first score of the night. (Two-point conversion pass by Havel Braylon is no good). Bad snap for a -15 yard fumble! (Team) Recovered by Bryson Cunningham  for a touchdown (A two-point conversion run by Haven Braylon is good.) The final score of the game was a Mustangs 40-14 win over the Stormin’ Pointers.

The Independence Mustangs Travels to Charles City and Remains Undefeated

 October 8th, 2021    By: Charisse Lolagne 

            In the first quarter of the varsity football game between the Mustangs and the Comets, Mitchell Johnson completed a pass to Keegan Schmitt for 27 yards. This was the first touchdown of the night made by the Independence Mustangs. ( Two-Point Conversion Pass by Keegan Schmitt to Sawyer Wendling is successful.) Later in the 1st quarter, Mitchell Johnson completed another pass. This time it was to Jacob Sidles for a 53 yards touchdown for the Independence Mustangs. Independence took a commanding lead with a score of 14-0.

            In the second quarter of the game, Mitchell Johnson completed a pass for 5 yards to Brady McDonald and the third passing touchdown for the Mustangs! (Two-point conversion pass by Marcus Beatty to Sawyer Wendling is Successful.) Determined to score, Ian Collins of the Comets attempts a pass to his teammate and is intercepted by Teegan McEnany for a touchdown for the Mustangs. (Point after kick by Sawyer Wendling is good.) With the Mustangs still remaining in the lead with a score of 29-0.

            In the third quarter, Mitchell Johnson passed the ball to Brady McDonald again for a 28-yard score! (Two-point conversion pass by Marcus  Beatty was not successful.) As the clock was a second away from ending the third quarter, Mitchell Johnson completed his 5th and final touchdown pass of the night to Sawyer Wendling for an 8 yards score. (Point after kick by Sawyer Wendling is successful.) With the Mustangs having a winning season, the final score of the Mustangs vs. The Comets game was 42-0. The Mustangs remain undefeated (7-0) while they continuously display high football intelligence and hard work as a unit. Every team member has contributed to the successful season. The Mustangs have definitely improved since the last season and are displaying it in every game and practice.

Quarterback executes a handoff

Independence Mustangs Win 107th Homecoming Game

(October 1st, 2021) by Charisse Lolagne

           The 107th Homecoming Game had a slow start, with both teams going scoreless in the 1st quarter.  In the second quarter, Mitchell Johnson completed a pass to Brady McDonald for the first touchdown of the night for the Mustangs. (Point after kick by Sawyer Wendling is good.) Right before the half,  with  1:23 left on the clock, Marcus Beatty ran for a 3 yards touchdown for the Mustangs. (Point after kick by Sawyer Wendling is good.) The halftime score had the Mustangs leading 14-0.

            At the beginning of the third quarter, Marcus Beatty ran for a 6-yard touchdown for the Independence Mustangs. (Sawyer Wendling’s Point after kick is successful.) Not long after that play, Cal Heeren of the Bulldogs ran for 62 yards which resulted in a touchdown for the Hampton-Dumont Bulldogs. ( Point after kick by Tucker Heeren is successful).  The next scoring play was for the Mustangs when Mitchell Johnson completed a pass to Keegan Schmitt for a 39-yard score. (Point after kick by Sawyer Wendling is good.)  Right at the end of the 3rd quarter, with two seconds left on the clock, Marcus Beatty ran for an 8-yard touchdown. (Two-point conversion pass by Keegan Schmitt is unsuccessful.) After the 3rd quarter, the score was 34-7 in favor of the Mustangs.

            During the fourth quarter, both teams were struggling to score, until Cal Heeren completed a pass to Tate Schmitt for 11 yards and there was another Touchdown for the Bulldogs. (Two-Point Conversion pass by Cal Heeren is no good.) The next score was made when Marcus Beatty ran for 50 yards for the score. (Point after kick by Sawyer Wendling is no good.) The final score of the Homecoming game was Independence 40, Hampton-Dumont-CAL 13.