GAME WEEK - LeTourneau University vs. Midwestern State University

Midwestern State Mustangs traveled east on interstate 20 to meet the Yellow Jackets of LeTourneau University.  With a 2:00 pm kickoff, what seemed like two weeks of solid rain had a chance to move out leaving behind an overcast, misty muddy day.  Both teams dove head first into the muck for what would prove to be a great day of rugby.........

Michael Mckinney’s Mustangs faced a tough LeTourneau pack in the scrum all day.  The strength of LeTourneau’s front three opened up the scoring as the Yellow Jackets #2, Mitchell Henry, rumbled to the corner flag for the match’s first try.  Caleb Spencer converted from a tough angle giving the Jackets a 7-0 lead in the nineteenth minute.  Undeterred by the mud and slow ball, McKinney’s Mustangs rallied back in the twenty-fifth minute as the Scrum-Half, Jalal Elrosoul, found an opening and dotted it down between the center of the posts.  Nzwanai Kanyangarara, MSU’s fullback, made the kick knotting the match at seven. 

Both teams turned to a primarily “pick and go” game as the mud and mist made passing and catching a daunting task.  In the thirty-third minute LeTourneau’s freshman second rower, Arvin Hrushka, took a crash ball fifteen meters out and carried three Mustangs into the try zone for the five points.  Spencer converted bringing the score to 14-7.  The half ended at that score line.

With no clean bodies left on either starting side, LeTourneau’s #12, Jonathan Sanders, ran a hard angle from ten meters out to start the second half scoring.  The conversion was missed wide right as the score ticked to 19-7.  The mud took its toll on the Mustangs as the Jackets began to stretch the field.  Ethan Key touched the ball down from 3 meters out as the slick conditions saw the rock squirt out of a ruck near the Mustangs try zone.  Key was not satisfied and continued to insert himself in play from the Wing.  In the seventieth minute Key ran a strong inside support line receiving the ball from Sanders at the 50 meter line.  Key did the rest dancing atop the muck and diving over putting LeTourneau ahead 29-7.  As a freshman and rugby rookie, Key, had a career day dotting down his third and last try of the day in the seventy-fifth minute bringing the score to 34-7.

LeTourneau came out on top as referee Shon Husband blew the final whistle, but the Mustangs never quit and proved to be formidable opponents.  As is always the case, twas a great day of rugby!