The football playoffs already have started for Myers Park.
The Mustangs, playing with a must-win attitude, got the first leg of their postseason drive accomplished with a 49-8 victory over Garinger in a Southwestern 4A game Thursday.
In addition to improving to 4-6, 2-3 on Senior Night, Myers Park kept its playoff hopes alive.
“I think we’re having a sense of urgency in trying to understand that at this point we’re not guaranteed anything after next Friday,” said Mustangs coach Scott Chadwick. “We’ve got to put ourselves in a position after next Friday to be in the consideration.”
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Myers Park did that with a balanced attack that built a 35-8 halftime advantage and never looked back. Tailback Jaquavion Alexander rushed for three touchdowns and 130 yards on 11 carries to pace the Mustangs, and quarterback Clay Norris hit 11 of 18 passes for 147 yards and three scores. Of Myers Park’s 408 yards of offense, the Mustangs ran for 261 yards on 27 carries, dominating the line of scrimmage.
“We wanted to come out and get off to a real fast start and give our younger guys a chance to develop,” Alexander said. “It was a step up from last week (a 50-14 loss to Independence). It was pretty hard last week, so we came in to practice and made some adjustments.”
The Mustangs accumulated 261 yards on offense during the first half, split nearly evenly between the run (131) and pass (130) in grabbing a 35-8 lead. Alexander, who rushed for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns on nine carries, got Myers Park off to a quick start with a 33-yard run on the second play from scrimmage, but the Mustangs were just getting started. Martin connected on nine of 16 passes for 130 yards and three scores. The lead secured after holding Garinger (0-9, 0-6) to 55 yards on offense by intermission, Chadwick went to the bench most of the second half.
“Obviously at this point in the season we need to get some wins to put ourselves in position to keep playing after the (regular) season is over,” he said. “The most important thing is we got out of here with a win tonight and it was a good win for our seniors on Senior Night.”