By Scott Ford
The Melba Mustangs football team beat the Payette Pirates in Payette last Friday 35-25 to even their record to 1-1 on the young season.
The Mustangs out-gained Payette by 171 total yards as they put up 417 yards to the Pirates 242 yards.
The opening quarter found Melba breaking the ice with a two yard score with 3:25 on the clock, but the Pirates quickly responded with a score when Jonathan Herrera hooked up with Aaron Murdock for a 21 yard touchdown strike. However, the Pirates failed on the point after attempt and trailed 7-6 at the end of the opening quarter of play.
In the second quarter, Melba extended its lead with two more scores. The first coming at the 8:19 mark on a 12 yard touchdown and the second with eight seconds on the clock on an eight yard score to bring the game tally to 21-6 at the intermission.
The Pirates cut into the Mustangs lead with another touchdown pass from Herrera, this time to Chase Neill for 38 yards. Jose Alcala added the point after to bring the score to 21-13.
Early in the fourth quarter Payette was back in the end zone again, when Herrera found a wide open Neill this time for 66 yards and the score. Payette now only trailed by two points, 21-19 with plenty of time on the clock.
The Mustangs responded to the Pirates action with an 11 yard score with 10:16 left in the fourth quarter with a one yard score to extend its lead to 28-19.
Back came Payette with 8:45 remaining in the game, Herrera again found Neill for the score, this time on a 48 yard catch and run, and brought the game tally to 28-25.
Melba put the icing on the cake at the 3:41 mark of the fourth quarter with a two yard score.
Melba has a bye this week.
This article originally appeared in the Argus Observer, Ontario, OR.