By Ron Manzer
After two eventful games resulting in wins for the Melba Mustangs, the boys had no answer for Trevor Lee and the Nampa Christian offense, losing their first league game of the season 22-41.
Behind the Medrano brothers, the Mustangs were able to match the offensive output of
Nampa Christian, but two long runs by Lee on a quarterback keeper resulted in two back-to-back touchdowns in the first half.
The Mustangs ended the half down 14 to 28.
Efforts to overcome the deficit had the Mustangs making adjustments and taking a few chances.
An onside kick in the first half only traveled nine yards, instead of the required ten, resulting in good field position for the Trojans.
A fake punt to start the 4th also did not work out for Melba and a short time later Nampa Christian scored their fifth touchdown of the evening increasing their lead 34 to 14.
Anyone who watches Melba knows that they do not give up easily; the team got back to work on offense and in a five minute drive closed the gap with a touchdown of their own.
Another unsuccessful onside kick gave Nampa Christian good field position but the Mustang defense held and forced them to punt.
Unfortunately for Melba, a bad bounce to a Mustang punt returner resulted in a fumble that Nampa Christian recovered.
With just over five minutes left in the game all hopes of a comeback were diminishing and an eventual touchdown by the Trojans solidified the win.
The game ended with the score 22 to 41 and Nampa Christian handed the Mustangs their first league loss.