As the saying goes, a student’s first test is always the toughest.
For Andrews, that saying would be applicable for the first half as the Mustangs shook off nerves in order to earn a 65-27 victory against the San Angelo Lake View Chieftans.
“I think it was just nerves,” Andrews QB Triston Williams said. “We’re a young team, we have a bunch of young guys on both sides. I think once we settled in, we felt right at home.”
Andrews struggled early as both teams traded possessions with no points. Lake View struck first with a halfback draw from 7 yards out, but the point after was no good. Andrews took the early lead with a Williams 20 yard touchdown completion to Haden Raschell.
Both teams traded possessions with points but Lake View saw their largest lead in the first half as they lead, 20-14 after a 35 yard yard touchdown completion on fourth down. Shortly after, Andrews created their largest lead of the half with a Williams 50 yard touchdown competion to Noah Lujan and a Leroy Sanchez two yard run that made it 28-20 at the break.
As Andrews arrived back on the field in the second half, it was the Mustangs game to lose. Williams completed another touchdown throw to Luan from 15 yards outs to push the Mustang lead to 15. Haden Rochelle punched in a 50 yard reception from Williams to extend the Mustang lead to 42-20.
Andrews was not done scoring just yet, as Williams scored on a one yard keeper to seal the game away.
Williams finished the night with five touchdowns through the air and one on the ground. Second string QB Jace Keesee scored his first touchdown as a QB with a 15 yard keeper in the fourth quarter as Wiliams was done for the night.
“That kid is a beast,” Williams said. “I tell him all the time that he’s a beast. I thought he did good.”
Andrews travels to Lubbock to face off against the Westerners of Lubbock High next week while San Angelo Lake View play hosts to Fort Stockton.
“They’re a tough team,” Williams said. “There a tough team to play against. It’s going to be a dogfight. We just got to see who wants it more.”