Pomona Panthers High School traveled to Mullen High School Mustangs and the Friday night fight was on. This was one of the best football games of the season that you might have seen. Pomona scored first in the first couple minutes of the game. Pomona then scored again with a field goal. The game was starting to move in the Pomona Panthers direction and then Mullen Mustangs got on the scoreboard with a touchdown. The fight was now on and it was a great battle.
Pomona Panthers led at halftime 17-7 and the night looked promising for the Panthers. But the game is not over yet and there is another half to play. This football season has seen many upsets. Pomona did it in their opener against Valor Christian. But this night belonged to Mullen. After falling behind 24-13, Mullen turned the second half into a comeback and they were back in the game. Mullen had come to play and play they did. The tale of two halves was just starting to play out. After the Panthers scored again to take what looked like a commanding lead, Mullen scored on a 53 yard pass and the second half was changing. Pomona struck again and the momentum seemed to stop for a moment. Mullen’s No.28 Marcus McElroy Jr. took a kickoff at his own 5 yard line and went the entire 95 yards to start the swing of the momentum in favor of Mullen again. As it came down to the final two minutes, Pomona Panthers launched a drive that took them 76 yards down field and once again it looked like Pomona would come out victorious. However, the Mullen Mustangs hung tough and persevered. After the kickoff, Mullen had to start at their own twenty yard line. And there was 1:05 on the clock. But that was enough time for Mullen Mustangs to launch a drive of their own. They needed 3 points to tie and a touchdown would clinch the win. In a drive that saw a holding flag on Mullen be picked up and announced there is no flag on the play. A drive that had a false start flag against Mullen picked up and another penalty on Pomona that stuck, Mullen went down the field and tied up the game with a field goal.
Overtime was short lived. Pomona won the toss and elected to defer to Mullen and put the Mullen offense on the 10 yard line. It looked like Pomona would hold off with 3rd and 6 to the end zone. Mullen drove directly to the goal and now it was in the hands of Pomona. The game had come down to Pomona taking the ball on the 10 yard line and Mullen came up tough. The final play pitted Pomona’s offense at the 3 yard line against a pumped up defense of Mullen and this was the final down. On a draw play, Mullen held tough and stopped Pomona from reaching the end zone.
As fans were leaving, you could hear the talk that the refs had given the game to Mullen by not making some calls. But in truth, Pomona had a strong first half and started the second half strong but Mullen never quit. The Mustangs dominated the Panthers in the second and never quit. The final score saw Mullen come from behind and win 36-31.