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Big plays push Mustangs past Pride

Mustang return man Preston Addo had a 66 yard touchdown return for a touchdown against Widener.

Mustang return man Preston Addo had a 66 yard touchdown return for a touchdown against Widener.

Through six games, the Stevenson football team is still undefeated, making for their greatest start in their young program’s history as they continue to prove their No. 19 ranking in the coaches poll may actually be a bit too low.

Stevenson busted off but plays and at one point scored 38-straight points as they rolled past MACC foe Widener, 45-21. And they did this despite totaling only 19 yards on the ground.

Stevenson was out-rushed 200 to 19, but quarterback Dan Williams completed 18-of-26 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns while the defense continued to force turnovers. Widener quarterback Alex Krivda threw two pick sixes while completing fewer than half his passes for only 65 total yards in the air.

Widener actually had the hotter start in the game, scoring first at 9:36.

Stevenson return man Preston Addo went back to field a Pride punt after their opening drive of the game stalled out after only 18 yards, but Addo fumbled on the return. That set Widener up only 15 yards away from the endzone and led by their running game, got for a score by Chris Randle.

Stevenson was able to respond with a touchdown on their first drive of the game, going 78 tards as Williams completed eight passes in a row. His last one was a 32-yard strike to Daniel Williams for the touchdown.

But while Stevenson re-tied the game. The Pride was able to grind through their defense on the ground on a 55-yard drive that put Randle in the endzone for another score.

Yet again, Stevenson had to play catch-up, but that was when they showed their power.

Twice on Stevenson’s next drive they were faced with third and long but were able to move the chains. Williams was hit behind the line of scrimmage and had to pick up his own fumble on a loss of 15 yards and then had a delay of game penalty that pushed them back five more yards early in the second half. Making things worse, Williams was shaken up on the hit and had to sit the next few plays out, but even with backup Steve Shanley, Stevenson was able to get the first down. Shanley completed a 10-yard pass on second and 30 to Devonte Williams. Shanley then hit Dequan Ellison down the field for a gain of 30 to move the chains. Williams returned to the field to pick move the chains on the next third down with a nine-yard pass to Ellison that put the Stevenson on the nine yard line.

Just two plays later Jainard Crawley-Lambert crossed the goal line with a two-yard run to tie the game once again.

This time, Stevenson didn’t let Widener march down the field again for a touchdown, or a score of any kind. Stevenson forced a three-and-out. But while their ensuing drive ended with a missed field goal from 39 yards out, they forced another punt after just three offensive plays by Widener.

Addo made up for his earlier fumble and returned the ball 66 yards for a touchdown to give the Mustangs their first lead of the game with 28 seconds left before halftime.

Both teams had difficulty extending their drives enough for another touchdown touchdown, but Stevenson extended their lead after Tim Sternfeld kicked in a 27-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter. Their offense, meanwhile, did not allow a Pride drive go past 25 yards as they forced three punts in the quarter.

Stevenson’s defense has the Pride figured out, and their offense started to figure out where Widener was most vulnerable. On just their first play of their first fourth quarter drive, Daniel Williams hit Devonte Williams for an 83-yard bomb down the field to give Stevenson a 38-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.

And while Widener was still having drives end quickly, Stevenson build on their lead with two interceptions being returned for touchdowns. First, Austin Tennessee jumped a rout and took t 60 yars to ad another touchdown to the Stevenso lead. Then Mike Datus picked Krivda on the first play of the ensuing Widener possession and took it to the endzone.

That made it a 45-14 game with less than eight minutes remaining. Even despite Randle scoring his third touchdown of the game, Stevenson rolled to another big victory.

Stevenson will return to Owings Mills for their lone home game in October next Saturday as they host Delaware Valley at noon.

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