MULLEN — What appeared to be an evenly matched showdown between unbeaten teams on paper, was anything but, as No. 7 Mullen dominated Garden County 58-6 on Friday.
Entering the contest, Mullen (4-0) had averaged over 420 rushing yards per game and the double-wing attack of Garden County (3-1) had put up 310 yards per game on the ground.
However, in the battle of strength versus strength, Mullen’s ground attack went to work early and often.
In the first quarter, Bronco leading rusher Lane Edis got the outside corner and raced 78 yards for the score.
That would be a sign of things to come.
After a Garden County fumble on the ensuing possession, quarterback Daniel Young sprinted in from 10 yards out just four minutes into the game, giving Mullen a 14-0 advantage.
After a second straight Garden County fumble, Young found the end zone again on a 1-yard keeper.
Later in the first, Edis again ran away from the Eagle defense, this time from from 35 yards out. When the first quarter was over, Mullen led 26-0 and the rout was on.
Fellow quarterback Lance Moore made his presence felt in the second quarter, scoring on an 18-yard run, then finding Edis on a screen pass that he took 72 yards for Mullen’s sixth touchdown. Brode McIntosh scored from four yards out with under a minute left in the second quarter putting the Broncos up 44-0 at the break.
"The offensive line is really a key to our success running the ball," Mullen head coach Mitch Pfeiffer said. "Yes, Lance [Moore], Lane [Edis] and Daniel [Young], all those guys can run the ball really well. But, without the guys up front, they’re not going to have that success."
Despite not playing in the second half, Edis unofficially finished the night with 186 yards and two touchdowns on only 11 carries and 72 yards on one catch for a touchdown.
Conversely, Garden County’s double-wing rushing attack was shut down all night, managing only a late score in the fourth quarter against Mullen’s reserves.
Through four games, Mullen has allowed an average of just nine points per game and six in their last three games.
"We’ve used our quickness to our advantage to get to the ball and have done a much better job of wrapping up," Pfeiffer said.
With the dominant start and more expectations to come, Pfeiffer gave a reminder to his team after the victory on Friday.
"Like I told the kids, we still don’t know what kind of team we are yet and we have to keep working each week," he said. "We obviously had a good performance [on Friday], but I told them not to rest and always keep working to get better."
The Broncos travel to Crawford (2-2) next Friday.
Garden County (3-1) 0 0 0 6 — 6
Mullen (4-0) 26 18 8 6 — 58
M: Lane Edis 78 run (Lance Moore run)
M: Daniel Young 10 run (no good)
M: Young 1 run (no good)
M: Edis 35 run (no good)
M: Moore 18 run (no good)
M: Edis 72 from Moore (no good)
M: Brode McIntosh 4 run (no good)
M: Moore 25 run (Ty Durfee from Brady Gracey)
G: Nic Koppmann 15 run (no good)
M: Brandon Cooley 2 run (no good)