PARSONS — Giving up two long touchdown passes and a safety on a bad snap, Iola High’s Mustang junior varsity faced a 15-0 deficit after one quarter of play Monday.
The Mustangs finished a touchdown drive of their own with 8:54 to go in the second quarter. Tyler Clubine scored on a one-yard run then Corey Taylor caught a two-point conversion pass from Mason Coons.
That’s where it stood at halftime. The Mustangs outscored the Vikings 14-6 in the second half to win 22-21.
After taking the one-point lead with 7:09 remaining in the game, Iola’s Eric Heffern thwarted a Viking comeback with an interception at the 2:40 mark.
Offensively, the Mustangs moved the football to the Parsons 14-yard line before giving it up on downs. The Vikings went to the air but had too far to go in under a minute.
The Vikings completed two passes but time ran out.
“We had a slow start but the guys began playing with energy and did a good job tonight,” said Ron Schomaker, Iola assistant coach.
“There at the end we had our reserves in and they did a good job of moving the ball on offense to keep the ball away from Parsons.”
The Mustang JV is 2-0.
The second half did not start well for Iola. A Mustang fumble was returned for a touchdown and Parsons recovered an onsides kick.
Taylor hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Coons and another two-point conversion pass in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Jacob Rhoads scored on a six-yard run to put Iola in front.
Coons was 11 of 18 for 195 yards with one interception. Taylor caught five passes for 48 yards and Zeph Larney made three receptions for 47 yards.
Rhoads rushed for 22 yards and had a 52-yard pass reception. Jesse Zimmerman caught one pass for 35 yards while E. Heffern had one catch for 11 yards.
Coons rushed for 22 yards on 10 carries. John Whitworth had 13 yards on six carries and Clubine had 20 yards on seven carries.
Leading the charge defensively was Stephen McDonald with six solo tackles and four assisted tackles. Zach Crawford had four unassisted and two assisted tackles while Coons had four solo stops and one assisted tackle.
Taylor, Blake Appling, Clubine and Rhoads each had two solo tackles. Tyler McIntosh and Garret Tomlinson each had one solo tackle. Braden Larson, Shelton Reno, Derrick Weir and Kauth each had assisted tackles.
Correction: Derrick Weir scored the final touchdown, not Jacob Rhoads, in the Iola junior varsity’s 42-22 win over Independence last Tuesday. The Register regrets the error in identification.