Mel-Min v Lake Holcombe

#42 Jeremy Anderson slips past would-be tacklers in the first round of the playoffs against the Lake Holcombe-Cornell Knights last Friday in Mel-Min.

No matter how good your regular season performance is, just about every coach hits playoffs with the mentality that the record resets to 0-0 and its a whole new game.

Mel-Min started its playoff run at home against the Lake Holcombe-Cornell Knights and continued doing what’s worked all season.

The Mustangs defense started out tough holding the Knights from moving the ball, making up for an early offensive mistake.

After stalling LH-C out on its first drive, the Mustangs would fumble its very first snap and give the ball right back, but the Knights were unable to do anything with the turnover.

That mistake would be the only one the Mustangs made before taking over the rest of the game.

Mel-Min was able to regularly and routinely move the ball as it saw fit with the Knights having little response for any of it.

The Mustangs would drive down the field, capitalizing its second drive with a 14-yard quarterback keeper from Drew Blaken to go up 7-0.

LH-C would commit a few mistakes of its own with some overthrown balls into Mustang arms, which Mel-Min would turn into points.

Back-to-back drives had LH-C interceptions turned into Mel-Min points as the first half ended with the Mustangs ahead 21-0.

The second quarter would be a similar story as the Knights offense struggled to get yards while the defense struggled to stop Mel-Min from gaining yards.

Mel-Min pounded the ball down the field repeatedly punching it in from nine yards out for Jeremy Anderson’s second touchdown of the day.

Victor Ponterio would get a chance to test out the strength of his leg on a rare stop by the Knights forcing a 60-yard field goal.

Ponterio’s kick had the leg to get there, but the ball pushed just a bit left. He would get redemption with a 28-yard field goal to put the Mustangs up 31-0 at halftime.

The Mustangs would take the foot off the gas in the second half only posting one touchdown, a 43-yard pass from Blaken to Patrick Corcoran, giving a final score of 38-0.

One of the most surprising stats for the game was Mel-Min breaking 100 yards passing for a team that barely passes. Blaken finished the night with 102 passing yards off four completions.

Mel-Min also totaled 213 yards for the game to give them a total offense of 315 yards. On the other side, LH-C didn’t manage 40 yards of total offense.

The Mustang defense held the Knights without a single first down in the entire first half.

The win means Mel-Min gets to stay at home for the next round as the Mustangs prepare to face off against the Unity Eagles Friday night.

Unity is coming off an 8-2 regular season and a 20-0 win against Webster in the first round of the playoffs.

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Stephen Knoll is a reporter for Jackson County Chronicle. Contact him at 715-284-0085.

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