The Mustangs did that again Friday night against Baptist Hill, but this time their defense also showed up in a 35-0 homecoming win at L.L. Willis Stadium.
It was Midland Valley’s first shutout since a 13-0 blanking of Silver Bluff in 2011.
“It was pleasing to get a zero on the other end after the kind of defense we’ve been playing,” Midland Valley coach Rick Knight said.
The Bobcats were delayed on their trip from Yonges Island, S.C., when their bus broke down. After a second bus was sent, the team arrived late and the kickoff was pushed back to 7:45 p.m.
The game was further delayed when a member of the Midland Valley marching band passed out during the playing of the national anthem and she was taken off the field on a stretcher as a precaution.
None of that kept Midland Valley from coming out strong on both sides of the ball.
The Mustangs (3-2) scored on their first drive of the night when Daniel Carr hit Kameron Brown on a slant across the middle for an 18-yard score.
The defense got in on the scoring next when Garret Boatwright sat back in coverage and picked off a Baptist Hill pass. He raced 39 yards down the far sideline for a score and 13-0 lead.
“I went back and he hit me right in the hands,” Boatwright said. “Once I caught it and I was looking around to see where to go, and my friend Derrick O’Conner he pointed to follow him. I followed him right into the end zone.”
With the Bobcats (4-2) struggling to move the ball, Midland Valley added a pair of scores in the second quarter. Dre’ Carr scored on an 8-yard run, and Daniel Carr hooked up with Brown again for a 9-yard touchdown.
Midland Valley had surrendered 30 or more points in all four of its contests before Friday night, and the low point came a week ago in a 53-33 loss at Silver Bluff.
Baptist Hill, a Class A school, could not muster much of a threat.
“We put a lot of pressure on the quarterback,” Knight said. “As you can see, we have a tough time catching people.”
Dre’ Carr scored a touchdown late in the third quarter, and the only question left would be if the Mustangs would register the shutout.
They did, despite giving Baptist Hill a couple of opportunities following turnovers.
“It was fantastic,” Boatwright said of his team’s defensive effort.
Then, with a grin, he responded when asked about scoring a touchdown as a senior on homecoming night.
“It can’t get any better than that,” he said.