Third quarter meltdown dooms Mammoth in 55-27 loss at Desert

The Mammoth Huskies learned a thing or two about the art of a quick turnaround Friday night against the Desert Scorpions at Edwards Air Force Base.

Cruising along comfortably after two quarters and with a possible road victory within sight, the Huskies came out of the locker room at halftime and were stung so quickly it was hard for them to know what bit them.

The final was 55-27, but in the third quarter, Desert overwhelmed Mammoth repeatedly, putting up 30 points in less than 12 minutes and putting the game out of reach.

In the Junior Varsity game, which began at 4 p.m., Desert beat Mammoth, 41-12, in a game that was weirdly interrupted promptly at 4:30 by the base's playing of Taps.

But it was the varsity gamenaturally, that drew most of the attention.

Desert quarterback Matt Moore rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns, then threw for another in what turned out to be a runaway.

“They (the Scorpions) either made some adjustments or got the halftime speech of their lives,” said one Mammothite along the sidelines during the third-quarter rout.

Whatever it was, it more than equalized a breakout game by Mammoth senior Matt Graef, who scored one touchdown and made a team-leading 17 tackles—eight of them solo.
Denis Orrick, meanwhile, ran the bal for 84 yards on 16 carries, while E.J. Banda scored a touchdown after making just three carries (41 yards) in the entire game.

The loss dropped Mammoth to 1-2 for the season.

The Huskies play next at Riverside Prep on Friday, Sept. 27.