VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — The first two possessions, one by Seeger and one by Fountain Central, set the tone for the game as the host Mustangs won by the score of 56-13.
Seeger opened with the ball on their own 20 and, on the second play from scrimmage, saw Cole Blessing go down with an injury. After an incompletion, the Patriots punted, giving the ball to the Mustangs on the visitors’ 44.
As Fountain Central broke the huddle, the Seeger coaches called out to their team to beware of a particular pass play.
The coaches got it right, but the Patriot players did not. The Mustangs completed a pass from Koby Pierce to Ethan Woodrow for a gain of 16 yards. On the next play, Pierce threw to Jared Fishero — who broke free for 28 yards and a touchdown.
So it would go for much of the first half. Seeger would be backed up, starting inside their own 20 for most of their possessions while Fountain Central played on a short field and threw the ball at will.
To make things worse for the visitors, the Patriots lost another player to injury — Aidan Hoskins — in the second quarter.
Seeger head coach Tom Cook said he is afraid it is likely that both Blessing and Hoskins will be out for the rest of the year.
With their team having to adjust to the missing players, the Patriot coaches were kept busy trying to get players into their proper positions. They had no real chance of doing much more than going with basic plays.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs seemed able to execute just about anything they wanted to try.
“We practiced great last week and tonight we came out and played very crisply,” said Fountain Central coach Brian Moore. “I don’t know a better way to say it than ‘crisply’. Our offense got quick strikes.”