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11/28/2014 Ford Field, Detroit, MI –

The final game of the year for the Munising Mustangs got underway from Ford Field in Detroit, MI on a cold and blustery Friday morning. Fans filled the stands hours before the game was set to start, with excitement palpable in the air. The Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders kicked off to the Munising Mustangs to start the game. On the Mustangs very first drive, Austin Kelto made a great pass to Andy Cooper for the Mustangs first touchdown. The point after attempt was blocked, however, so that made the early score 6-0. The Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders answered on the next possession, returning the kick-off for a touchdown. A good extra point made the score 7-6, in favor of the MCC Crusaders. Both teams fought valiantly, with their entire seasons riding on the line.  The ball was traded back and forth across the field as both teams defenses held strong after the opening of the quarter, and the quarter ended without any further scoring.

First Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 6
Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders:  7

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The second quarter started with the same action as the end of the first quarter. The Munising Mustangs defense made several great stops on the Crusaders first drive of the quarter. However, the MCC Crusaders put three more points onto the scoreboard with a field goal on an early drive to make the score 10-6, in favor of the Crusaders. Ben Stasewich had a great sack on the MCC Crusaders quarterback with under a minute left in the half. The Munising Mustangs did their best to stop the Crusaders before halftime to give them more hope for keeping the game close. With thirty seconds left in the half, the Crusaders attempted a long pass to the corner of the end zone, but the pass was incomplete. However, a Munising Mustang penalty gave the Crusaders a first down and a great shot at another score before the half ended. Ian McGinnis intercepted the Crusaders very next pass, due to a tipped ball from Ben Staciwich, and the half ended with a score of 10-6, in favor of the Crusaders.

First Half Score:
Munising Mustangs: 6
Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders: 10

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Second half action resumed at Ford Field in Detroit, MI when the Munising Mustangs kicked-off to the Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders.  On the MCC Crusaders first drive of the half, they were able to score another touchdown on a one-yard run. A good extra point made the score 17-6 early in the second half. Like the first half of the game, both teams defenses held strong, with few scoring opportunities in the third quarter. The Munising Mustangs did their best to keep the Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders within scoring distance. Despite the best attempts of the Munising Mustangs defense,  the MCC Crusaders scored another touchdown on a short run to make the score 24-6 after a good extra point attempt. Penalties were the bane of the Munising Mustangs, who had multiple penalties and personal fouls against the Crusaders, adding-up to nearly 50 penalty yards through three quarters. First downs were also a problem for the Munising Mustangs. The Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders converted on most of their third-down attempts, while the Mustangs offense couldn’t match the Crusaders advances.

Third Quarter Score:
Munising Mustangs: 6
Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders: 24

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The final quarter of action in the Michigan High School Football State Finals got underway in Detroit, MI at Ford Field. The Munising Mustangs fought hard to keep within contact of the MCC Crusaders as time wound down, but the Mustangs couldn’t hold the Crusaders off. With 7:44 left in the game, the Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders added another touchdown to their total on another short run. A good extra point made the score 31-6 in favor of the MCC Crusaders. The Munising Mustangs quarterback, Austin Kelto, did his best to bring the Mustangs back into contention, even as the clock ran under five minutes. The Munising Mustangs defense stepped-up their game as the contest wound to a close, not allowing the Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders no further points for the rest of the game. Congratulations Mustangs on a great game and a great season! Thanks to all the great fans and fan support the Mustangs received throughout the season! Second place in the state championship wouldn’t have been possible without all of you!

Final Game Score:
Munising Mustangs: 6
Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders: 31

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Listen – Full Game – Munising Mustangs lose to the Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders on Friday November 28th, 2014 on 1400 GTO Good Time Oldies.mp3