Above: Muir has some talent, too.
Now that the fun and games are over, it’s time for Muir to get down to some serious business.
The last two weeks have been light for the Mustangs (4-3, 2-2) after facing Hoover (0-7, 0-4) and Glendale (1-6, 0-4). Muir won those football games by a combined 91-10. It’s usually in those games the Mustangs experiment and iron out offensive sets while players rack up yardage.
This week will prove to be much more difficult when Burroughs (4-3, 4-0) comes to town Friday. The visiting Indians have arguably the most explosive weapon around in running back Zander Anding, who has amassed 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Arcadia (5-2, 3-1) and Pasadena (4-3, 3-1) each had trouble stopping Anding. Against the Bulldogs, he rushed for 312 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. He also hurt Pasadena on special teams with a 99-yard kickoff return for a score. Against the Apaches, Anding rushed for 303 yards and five touchdowns on 33 carries. He scored three touchdowns in a span of 2:35 in the second half, so it’s no surprise why Burroughs is unbeaten in league.
Muir hasn’t faced a team with a run-first mentality, although the Mustangs did shut down San Gabriel in the season opener. Against Rancho Cucamonga, Muir had trouble stopping the pass and it wasn’t until the second half that Rancho pounded the ball on the ground after wearing down Muir.
As it stands, it’s still too early to tell which team will vie for the fourth and final playoff spot out of the Pacific League, but Muir sits there now with tough games coming up that also includes Burbank and of course Pasadena in the 58th Turkey Tussle at the Rose Bowl.