AFTON - Murray stampeded East Union on the ground in a 40-8 win over East Union in the season opener for both teams.
Murray’s quarterback Zack Belden led the ground game with carries for 130 yards. Belden scored twice. Wyatt Gannon also produced behind the line gaining 119 yards and scoring three touchdowns. As a team, Murray ran the ball 45 times for 343 yards, a 7.6 yards per play average. All of the team’s touchdowns were on the ground.
Murray scored eight in the first quarter, the only points for both teams in the first quarter. The Mustangs built their lead in the second quarter scoring 12 taking a 20-0 lead into halftime.
The Mustangs continued the momentum in the second half. In the third quarter, Murray added another 14 points extending the lead to 34-0. The success on the ground didn’t force Murray to throw the ball. Belden finished completing 7 of 11 passes for 81 yards. He threw an interception.
East Union (0-1) did not see the scoreboard until the fourth quarter. The Eagles’ offense was led by Emmet Long who ran 21 times for 95 yards and the team’s only score. East Union finished with 160 yards on the ground. Quarterback Cale Eklund was 5 of 12 passing for 74 yards. Joshua Lopez caught four passes for 44 yards.
On defense, Gannon finished with 10.5 tackles for Murray and had three tackles-for-loss. He also had 2.5 sacks. Murray had eight sacks. East Union’s defense was led by Bryson Raney with 11.5 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.
East Union travels to Lamoni (0-1) for a 7 p.m. game Friday. Murray plays 7 p.m. Friday at Seymour (0-1).