Usually, when I put together my list of five players for this series of stories, I don’t have too much trouble picking out the five guys. After the Mounds View and Buffalo game Friday night, that was not the case.…
Usually, when I put together my list of five players for this series of stories, I don’t have too much trouble picking out the five guys. After the Mounds View and Buffalo game Friday night, that was not the case. II could have added at least three other guys to this list – plus an entire offensive line. Here is who I narrowed it down to.
Mateo Cisneros – Mounds View defensive back
Especially in the first half, Cisneros stood out by being in the right place at the right time. He intercepted an overthrown pass in the first quarter. Later in the half, he did it again. He picked off another overthrown ball, but this time he found space to run. He picked up about twenty yards before being knocked out of bounds. Cisneros made his impact felt on special teams too. He returned a punt for twenty yards. Late in the game, he had tight man-to-man coverage on a fade into the end zone and batted the ball away from the receiver. Although Cisneros made some plays on him – there was no doubt Buffalo quarterback Aiden Bouman is the real deal. He wasn’t as consistent as I am sure he would have liked, but there were three or four throws he made that very few high school quarterbacks can make.
Brian Tebbutt – Mounds View running back/linebacker
Tebbutt was the Mustangs’ most consistent offensive threat. Early in the game, he had an 11-yard run behind center Bill Ketola. A few plays later, he picked up five yards with another run up the middle. He made a move at the line of scrimmage and picked up five more yards. He showed off his cutback ability pick up yards. Multiple times, the Mustangs would call a run up the middle, and Tebbutt would bounce it to the outside. He scored on a five-yard touchdown run – up the middle behind Ketola and guard Grady Schierts. Tebbutt then made a move on a linebacker to pick up another five yards. He showed his speed on a sweep to the outside; he scored a 28-yard touchdown. He showed great balance the entire game. Defenders were around his feet and legs all game but showed good balance all game. Finally, he broke three tackles on an 11-yard run and a first down.
Jack Roeber – Mounds View wide receiver
Roeber only touched the ball five times on offense, but he made the most of those touches by picking up 170 all-purpose yards. He used his speed to get around the corner on an end-around for twenty yards on his one rushing attempt. He caught a 21-yard touchdown in the first half and then along with quarterback Cole Stenstrom – made the play that might have broken the Bison’s back. On the last play of the first half, he caught a Hail Mary pass at the two-yard line. He fought his way into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game. Late in the game, he would salt away the game when he beat one on one coverage for a 70-yard touchdown catch.
Cole Stenstrom – Mounds View quarterback
Stenstrom is a mobile quarterback. He not only makes time in the pocket with his feet; he is a threat to run. He scored on a quarterback draw for 13 yards. He was on target, completing a deep out to Roeber. Facing a third and ten, he completed a pass to Roeber for a 21-yard touchdown. Stenstrom could have had an even better day as his receivers dropped some catchable balls. He was especially accurate on mid-range throws. He used his legs one more time to get the corner and pick up yards, and later finished a drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
Jaylon Lomax – Mounds View defensive end
Lomax was a blocking back on the punt team. They ran a fake in which Lomax ran off tackle for a first down. Most of Lomax’s damage was done on the defensive side of the ball. With the help on the inside by a solid game from interior lineman A.J. Hunt, Lomax was constantly in the offensive backfield. Lomax pressured the quarterback, forcing a quick throw and an incompletion on a fourth down. Later, he came around the corner and sacked the quarterback. In the backfield again, he forced the quarterback out of the pocket to the boundary and forced an incompletion. Lomax pressured the quarterback one more time – resulting in another incomplete pass.