Mustangs falter in tune up for playoffs
10/22/2019 1:22 PM

A final tune-up for post-season play took a detour for the Little Chute Mustangs in their regular season finale against the Denmark Vikings last Friday.

With the inability to reach the end zone, combined with giving up only two first-half touchdowns, the Mustangs dropped their last game of the season with a 14-3 loss in North Eastern Conference football at Fitzpatrick Field.

The decision didn’t bring an end to the year, as Little Chute still qualified for the playoffs. The Mustangs earned a No. 6 seed intheir Division 4 bracket and will travel to No. 3 Wrightstown Friday for the chance to advance.

The loss also wasn’t the way Little Chute planned for entry to the post-season, but it made the team realize its work is of utmost importance this week.

“We knew what they were going to do. We just have to come out and execute better. We’ll bounce back next week,” said quarterback Kade Van Asten.

Little Chute’s defense held strong throughout most of the game, as it has all season. But several big pass plays proved to be all the Vikings (5-3, 6-3) needed to secure their victory.

On Denmark’s first possession of the game, the Vikings had pass completions of 41, 22 and 14 yards  to take a 7-0 lead.

Little Chute got on the board with its second series. The Mustangs could get no further than the Denmark 19, but with 11:03 in the second quarter, Carter Pynenberg nailed an impressive 37-yard field goal and 7-3 margin.

Denmark seized its momentum on the ensuing drive by once again connecting with pass completions of 22, 20 and 26 yards. The last onegave the Vikings a 14-3 lead with 6:46 left in the half.

It was all the scoring they needed as Little Chute battled but could not break Denmark’s staunch defense.

Little Chute coach Ted Evers was at a loss for words with the defeat, especially realizing that his run defense also played extremely well.

“This is a tough one,” Evers said. “Denmark’s obviously a nice football team and they definitely outplayed us tonight. But make no mistake, we played some pretty good defense, especially in the run game.”

Evers said offensive production will be a key target of practice for Friday.

“The defense kept us in the game tonight, but we’ve got to find a way to score some points. There’s no way around it.”

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