Mel-Min had trampled through it’s past two opponents after a rough week one loss to Bangor.

The match-up against Royall would provide the Mustangs with another challenge and test the young squad’s grit.

Mel-Min would strike first, but not until the second quarter, with a long, long run as Brett Gerdes traveled 63 yards to the end zone.

The next score would come from some Mustang leg power, namely kicker Victor Ponterio who would nail a 42-yard field goal to put his team up 10-0.

The Mustangs would ride that lead into halftime having stifled the Panthers for half the game.

Andy Antony would strike again for Mel-Min in the third quarter with a short 6-yard run to extend the team’s lead to 17-0.

Royall would finally find some points, but with the offense floundering it would come from the defense.

The Panthers intercepted a rare Mel-Min pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown, adding on a two-point conversion and the lead would come down to 17-8.

Landon Lockington would extend the Mustang lead again in the middle of the fourth quarter with a three-yard run to give Mel-Min a little more cushion at 25-8.

Royall would strike again to prove its offense did work, dumping off a pass for a 10-yard touchdown to bring the score to 25-14.

Mel-Min showed it was again a run-first team putting up 243 rushing yards and only 35 passing yards.

The defense did a good job of holding Royall off until that final drive when the Panthers marched down the field.

The Mustangs dug in their heels and weathered the surging Panthers to hold on to the lead and get a win heading into conference play next week.

Mel-Min travels to Whitehall (3-1) on Friday to face its second conference opponent of the year.


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

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