INDIANOLA — Pillow Academy’s senior class began the season with many goals. The Mustangs scratched one off in Week 1, beating 6A member Jackson Academy.
The second was notched here Friday night as the Mustangs ended a four-game losing skid to Indianola Academy, and in doing so, they halted the Colonels’ 49-game home win streak.
PA took out four years of frustration on IA in 48 minutes of pure and utter domination. The Mustangs held the Colonels to minus-10 total yards in the first half for a 44-0 lead at the break and then called off the dogs in the second half for the 52-0 victory. And in doing so, handed Indianola its first home loss in five years while ending a four-game skid in this rivalry.
The Mustangs (2-0) scored on all six first-half possessions as senior quarterback Shane Houston Stephens completed 9 of 11 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the opening half. Senior wideout Jaden Simcox had three catches for 93 yards and both TDs through the air.
Eli Simmons had a 26-yard scoring scamper and wound up with a team-high 64 yards on eight carries. Senior linebacker Sam Harris even got two carries — one of which went for a 1-yard scoring plunge.
Junior Lawes McCool and Jac Cooper also had touchdown runs for the Mustangs.
PA finished with 277 total yards — compared to minus-10 for the Colonels (1-1).
Now McCarty’s team looks to start out 3-0 for the first time since 2014, McCarty’s first season at PA. It was also the last time Pillow defeated Indianola. That team opened 5-0 that season. Standing in the way of that is Canton. The two teams square off Friday night in Canton.