By Ron Manzer
For the Kuna Melba News
The Mustangs struggled to stop the offense of New Plymouth on Friday night in a game where there were a total of 88 points scored.
The first half saw little defense by both teams.
Melba matched New Plymouth touchdown for touchdown to start the game.
With six minutes left in the half and after a drive that featured five personal fouls by the Pilgrims, Melba closed to within 4 points.
New Plymouth made one last quick drive to pull ahead 32 to 20 at half time.
New Plymouth’s offense continued to move the ball down the field in the second half while Melba’s stalled out.
The Pilgrims drove 70 yards for a touchdown to start the half.
Melba followed with a touchdown of their own.
This would be their last score of the night.
The Pilgrims added three more before the end and would win the game 60 to 28.
Melba entered the game in a four way tie for first place in the conference.
The night ended with a first place tie between Marsing and New Plymouth after Marsing defeated Nampa Christian.
Melba and Nampa Christian are now tied at 2-2 after their losses.
Melba plays at Marsing this week for the final game of the regular season.
Game stats: Passing-Danny Talbot 6 of 14 passing for 90 yards resulting in two touchdowns; Rushing-Adam Saurey 10 for 84 yards; Manny Medrano 12 for 91 yards; Melba total 331 yards, 241 rushing and 90 receiving yards and New Plymouth finished with 490 total yards. Scoring-Manny Medrano with two touchdowns; Caden Cook with one touchdown; Fabian Medrano with one touchdown.