often than not.
Hoover hung tough against the Mustangs, trailing by just three
after a quarter of play, but Muir turned on the afterburners en route
to a 48-3 victory at Moyse Field.
"I thought our kids gave a great effort, even though we were on
the losing end of it," Swartz said.
"But obviously they are a very athletic team. We didn't have
anything to answer for their speed."
Three Muir running backs scored a touchdown, with Jerrell Sanford
and Justin Freemon reaching paydirt two times apiece.
Teammate Fred Daniels scored on a 10-yard scamper and finished
with a game-high 100 rushing yards.
"Offensively, [we had too much] speed to the outside," Mustang
first-year Coach Mike Riazzi said. "There are six running backs who
can run the ball well. We had a nice rotation.
"I thought the offensive line did a fine job."
Muir (2-4, 1-0 in league) amassed 362 yards of total offense to
Hoover's 111. The Mustangs had 17 first downs and the Tornadoes (1-5,
0-1) had 10, including four in the second half, when Muir added to a
20-3 halftime lead.
"We caved in the fourth quarter," Swartz said.
Shaun Kermah had 47 rushing yards for Hoover -- which has lost 29
consecutive games to the Mustangs, dating back to 1963.
The turning point of the game came in the second quarter when
Hoover fumbled on Muir's 10-yard line. The Mustangs made the
Tornadoes pay for their mistake, as Sanford scored to give Muir a