Week 7 Athlete of the Week: The Avoyelles Mustangs

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ALEXANDRIA For the first time in 21 years the Avoyelles Mustangs defeated their parish rivals Marksville, 36-30, in a very intense homecoming game. The Mustangs played sound and disciplined on both sides of the ball and were able to maintain it for nearly 30 minutes of the game.

Avoyelles took an early 14-0 lead, but would watch that lead diminish in the first quarter. As Marksville fought their way back into the game and scored 22 points in the second, along with taking a two point lead into the half, 22-20, leaving the Tigers in a state of shock.

“You’re dealing with teenage boys and their upset”, said head coach Andy Boone, “As coaches we spent almost about 15 minutes trying to calm their emotions down.”

The Mustangs would do exactly that, as they calmed down and reclaimed the lead in a back and forth match with their parish foe and took them down after two consecutive decades of losing to them.

Leading the charge on offense for the Mustangs was senior running back Myron Robertson, who had a successful night with 171 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns. Also with a breakout performance was junior running back Derrick Coleman who added 138 yards rushing yards and two scores.