The Merritt Island Mustangs opened Class 5A, District 13 play with a 38-0 shutout of the Titusville Terriers on Friday night in Merritt Island. The victory was the Mustangs ninth consecutive win over the Terriers.
After their first drive ended in a turnover, the Mustangs marched right down the field on their second drive, capping it off with a 22-yard touchdown run by quarterback Nick Smith early in the second quarter.
The Mustangs then exploded for 17 more points in the final 4:12 of the first half. It started with a 42-yard field goal by Dylan Barnas.
Merritt Island picked up right where it left off after halftime, scoring touchdowns on the first two drives of the second half, including a 67-yard strike from Smith to Johnny Batch.
The Mustangs’ defense, which has given up just 16 points in four games, allowed Titusville just 26 yards of offense.
KEY PLAYERS: Smith threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Merritt Island signal caller accounted for 144 yards of total offense.
Josh Studstill led the Mustangs’ rushing attack as he ran for 88 yards and a touchdown.
For Titusville, Alex Martinez ran for a team-high 27 yards
THEY SAID IT: “It’s huge to start out 1-0 in the district,” Merritt Island head coach Jeff McLean said. “Tonight was the biggest game of the year because it was our first district game. That’s our goal, to take one district game at a time.”
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mustangs will step out of district play and face their toughest test of the season next week as they host the Cocoa Tigers. The Terriers also will be playing a non-district contest as they travel to Daytona Beach Seabreeze.
RECORDS: Merritt Island 4-0, 1-0 Class 5A, District 13; Titusville 1-2, 0-1.