Mustangs charge into title game (photo gallery)

Shoal River football

Mustang running back Mondreus Flavors powers his way into the end zone for game’s first score Thursday.

Published: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 05:28 PM.

CRESTVIEW — There were more than bragging rights on the line Thursday as Davidson Middle School’s football team faced cross-town rival Shoal River Middle School at Crestview High School’s Jack Foster Stadium. The game was the Okaloosa County Middle School football semifinal game, and the winner would punch its ticket to the county championship game.

As was the case in their regular-season meeting, Shoal River took the win 35-6. Shoal River will face Bruner in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fort Walton Beach High School’s Steve Riggs Stadium.

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Shoal River Coach Ryan Gillis was ready for the rematch with a Bruner team that beat Mustangs earlier this year and in last year’s championship game.

“(The win over Davidson) feels pretty good now, but you are never satisfied until you win the last one,” he said. “You will have a bad taste in your mouth if you don’t win the last win. We are excited to be in it, but we are certainly not satisfied. We are not going down there just to play the game. We are going down there to win it. We are going to be prepared, play hard and see how it turns out.”

The Mustangs lived up to their wild horse moniker as they ran wild; picking 339 yards rushing on 35 carries. Kenny Whaley led the charge with 140 yards on 13 carries. Mondreus Flavors added 66 yards on 10 carries.

Shoal River (7-1) struck first as Flavors capped a 71-yard scoring drive with a 3-yard run to the end zone that came with 3:29 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Kalee Ciurieo added the 2-point conversion and the Mustangs had a lead they would never relinquish.

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