JV Jr. Mustangs Dominate in First Playoff Game
London Jr. Mustangs FootballGreg Bowman
The London Jr. Mustangs Junior Varsity team were looking to continue their hot play heading into the OPFL playoffs on Friday evening. The Jr. Mustangs, who finished atop the Western Conference with an undefeated 8-0 season, were hosting the Niagara Spears, who finished the regular season 3-5. The lone meeting between the two in the regular season resulted in London coming away with a 43-21 victory, with 22 of their points coming in the second half.
The Jr. Mustangs remained undefeated, advancing to the next round of the playoffs with a dominant 49-0 win over Niagara.
“We were excited to play because we haven’t had a game in about three weeks. So in practices we’ve really talked about coming out, having a really good first half, unlike the last time we played these guys,” said receiver Jamie Lane on his team’s victory.
Lane was the one who got things going for the Jr. Mustangs, scoring the first touchdown of the game. Mack Baker found him in the slot and he was able to do the rest, taking it into the endzone.
“I just beat my guy and Mack put the ball right in my hands and I think I broke one tackle and was off to the races,” said Lane on his touchdown.
London’s quarterback, Mack Baker, has been the heartbeat of the team this year, making smart decisions in the pocket, giving his team valuable yardage. In Friday’s playoff tilt, Baker had two rushing touchdowns along with the pass to Lane.
The second of Baker’s touchdowns was a 55-yard marathon to the endzone, with a Marshawn Lynch-esque dominance to it: “that play, the naked boot, where he ran to the endzone there. That was probably one of the best plays we’ve seen all year, throughout the whole team,” commented Lane on his pivot.
London’s defence was ferocious against the Spears, holding them to just a handful of first downs, few completed passes, and a pick six by Nathan Johnston late in the game.
“Our defence played unbelievable today. Lot of forced fumbles, and we had a pick six, and we shut them out,” Lane said of his defence.
The Jr. Mustangs are the OPFL Junior Varsity’s best team right now, advancing to the next round of the playoffs in dominant fashion. They will host games for the remainder of the season, including the OPFL Championship should they make it that far.