Big second-quarter sends Mustangs by Valley

A huge second quarter Saturday lifted Shadow Ridge’s football team to a 45-20 win at Valley.

Trailing 8-6 after the first quarter, the Mustangs (2-2) dominated the second thanks to the arm and legs of Matthew Howitz. The senior quarterback found tight end Michael Payton for a 12-yard touchdown early in the quarter to give Shadow Ridge a lead it did not relinquish.

After a Shane Wickander interception, Howitz took off for a weaving 45-yard touchdown run to give Shadow Ridge a 10-point advantage. Later in the quarter, Howitz hit Dexter Kie for a 69-yard touchdown and capped the outburst just before halftime with a 15-yard touchdown run.

Aside from the second quarter, the game was dead even on the scoreboard, as Valley (0-4) forced four Mustang turnovers.

Dominick Wilson picked up 136 yards on the ground for the Mustangs and scored the team’s first touchdown, while Chris McDearmon also scored on the ground for Shadow Ridge. Kie also provided another late highlight as he returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score with 30 seconds left in the game.

Valley used the two-headed monster of Jeremy Haywood and Iyen Medlock at quarterback. Medlock hit Haywood for an early score and picked up two 1-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Haywood threw for 101 yards for the Vikings.