OTHELLO, Wash. – When 2A CWAC rivals Prosser and Othello meet, the game usually turns into a defensive battle for stops and a struggle for points.
And Friday was no different.
Using a tough three-headed run game featuring Alexander Mendez, David Julian Alegria and Sonny Asu, the seventh-ranked Huskies stopped No. 3 Prosser, 28-17.
Othello also counted on a defense that stepped up at the right times.
The key moment came late in the first half as Prosser was driving for a go-ahead score.
Kory McClure found receiver Nate Robinson on two big pass plays to help propel the Mustangs inside the Huskies' 10-yard line. But the Othello defense held on fourth and goal from the 4.
The Huskies quickly moved the ball down the field when Mendez broke off a 58-yard run down the sideline to the Mustangs' 10.
Two plays later, Mendez would finish off the drive when he scampered up the middle from 10 yards out with 58 seconds remaining to give Othello a 14-3 halftime lead.
Prosser cut it to 14-10 on McClure's touchdown pass to Chris Veloz midway through the third quarter, but the Huskies answered with their own scoring pass play - Maddox Martinez's 8-yarder to Alegria on the first snap of the fourth quarter.
Mendez later added his second touchdown of the game on a 24-yard run to push the Huskies' lead to 28-10.
Othello’s defense limited the high-powered Mustangs' offense to just eight possessions the whole game.