McMillan races for over 300 yards as ‘Stangs take down Andover

Mustang defensive back Jameer Moore seals the game with late interception in homecoming triumph


Photo by Cadence Foth, Pylon staff photographer

Central running back Kenyon McMillan drags a defender into the endzone for a touchdown in Friday’s night’s homecoming victory over Andover. McMillan rushed for 303 yards and five touchdowns in the 54-44 victory at Salina Stadium.

By Daeton Winebrenner, Pylon Sports Editor

The Mustangs had a statement win over the Andover Trojans Friday night, winning 54-44, marking the Mustangs’ first win over Andover since 2013.

The offense was spearheaded by Kenyon McMillan, who rushed for 303 yards and five touchdowns.

“I loved how I played tonight,” McMillan said. “We had a game plan, we stuck to it, and we got the win.”

Junior quarterback Gunnar Gross made plays when needed, going 7-for-10 on passing and throwing for 63 yards.

A majority of those yards resulted from the first two drives, where the Mustangs came out swinging, scoring 14 points in six minutes.

“We were able to stretch them out with the pass on the first drive,” Gross said. “It was really good to get points on the board quick.”

The Trojans were quickly able to come back and get a lead over the Mustangs by the end of the first quarter, but the Mustangs had full control in the second half.

“We knew what they were doing,” Head Coach Mark Sandbo said. “They stayed with it, and we understood how we would counter.”

Although the defense struggled throughout the game, they came up clutch when needed.

“It takes a little bit of time to adjust to the speed and as physical as Andover was,” Central defensive coordinator Austin Kingsbury said. “It took us a little bit to match it, but then we matched it.”

The defensive line was putting good pressure on the quarterback throughout the game.

“Our defensive line played really well,” Kingsbury said. “They played a physical game.”

One of the biggest defensive plays of the night was made by cornerback Jameer Moore when he picked off the ball in the end zone to seal the win.

“I felt like I redeemed myself,” Moore said. “It brought a bit of confidence back to me.”

The victory vaulted the Mustangs to 3-1 on the season.

“That’s a good football team,” Sandbo said of Andover. “We should feel awfully good, but we gotta correct some things.”