WESTMINSTER-- Sometimes in football, all it takes is one big play to completely take the energy out of the home team and the home crowd.
On Thursday night, Horizon's Isaac Salazar delivered the crushing blow that deflated Mountain Range and helped the Hawks run away with a 41-10 victory.
After a field goal by Alex King with just over 30 seconds left in the second quarter, the Mustangs had trimmed Horizon's lead to just 14-3.
That score would have made for a very manageable deficit for Mountain Range heading into halftime.
Then the Mustangs kicked off to Salazar.
The Hawks' sophomore took the kick back 87 yards for a touchdown to widen the gap to 21-3 at the break, and Horizon never looked back.
Horizon Tailback Cade Verkler was unstoppable all game, scoring the game's first two touchdowns and adding another 60-yard score to break the game open in the third quarter.
Quarterback Amado Capetillo added to the list of Hawks players that found the end zone, scampering in between tacklers for a long touchdown run in the third quarter as well.
Noa Lukela and Pete Trujillo Jr. both made some great plays for the Mustangs on the night, but it wasn't enough against Horizon's high-powered offense.
With the win, the Hawks moved to 2-1 on the season.
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