Coach Dan Murphy coaches the JV boys.
Coach Dan Murphy coaches the JV boys.
The Pershing County Mustangs had four wins under their belts when they rolled into Wolverine Country on Friday. 

Friday’s game was West Wendover’s last chance to win or at least put some points on the board. 

Instead, the Mustangs won by a landslide (48-0). So far, the Mustangs have also beaten CASR (41-0), Incline (24-21), Silver Stage (42-6) and Battle Mountain (23-20). 

Pershing County remains undefeated (5-0) going into their last game of the season this Friday at PCHS. They’ll host Yerington starting at 5 p.m. on senior night, right after the soccer game. 

The weather forecast predicts sunny skies, warm temperatures and light winds.

The Mustangs' toughest competitors this season have been Incline and Battle Mountain. 

It took double overtime to settle the score between the Mustangs and the visiting Incline Highlanders a few weeks ago. 

Incline deflated Yerington 38-8 late last month. But, the week before, Yerington held Battle Mountain at bay (7-6) in a defensive war that tested each team’s staying power.

Both teams were sore the next day. What will happen this Friday is anyone’s guess.

Zeke Jackson scored his first career touchdown against West Wendover. According to Coach Mike Brooks, Jessy Gonzalez and Luis Jimenez also played strong on offense.

Defensively, Guti Lopez and Haydon Burrows led the team. Logan Oberman added some nice plays, said the coach.

Expect a big send-off at Friday’s senior night game. Jackson, Lopez, Burrows, Oberman and Gonzalez are graduating seniors.

So are Nikita Pavlov, Colton Wanner, Daniel Reitz, Victor Flores, Raul Rincon and Jordan Gentry.

The Spirit Squad will add spark to the night. Marya Burke, Kaylah Hanley, Danya Zepada and Jena Pilon say goodbye to two seniors – Maya Renfroe and Julia Steele.

JV boys shut out 

Battle Mountain 

to close season

The JV boys ended their 2021 season on Friday by shutting out Battle Mountain 44-0. 

The game took place in Longhorn territory.

“Our challenge was to stay focused after a convincing win against the same team last week, and our players responded well,” said coach Dan Murphy. “Defensively, our team played smart and aggressively, not allowing Battle Mountain to get into a rhythm.”

Offensively, the Mustangs had to adjust their blocking to Battle Mountain’s new defensive front.

“We coaches are proud of the progress these young players made and grateful for the opportunity to play,” said Murphy.

For coach Murphy, the game marked the end of an era. 

He retires after 24 years as a coach, 17 as a Mustang. Murphy coached both of his sons, Davis and Logan, and countless people in the community.