Mustangs stage another great escape
Jacquet McClendon’s football future will probably be at wide receiver, but he’s presently making foes miserable as a defensive standout.
The Evergreen Park senior is still doing much as a pass-catcher to warrant attention; his five receptions versus Eisenhower Friday night, for example, included two that went for touchdowns. McClendon also gained a total of 121 yards.
However, when the Cardinals threatened to erase the last part of what had once been a 21-0 Mustangs lead, it was McClendon coming to Evergreen’s defensive rescue late in the fourth quarter. His interception thwarted Eisenhower’s final possession with under a minute to go and preserved the Mustangs’ 21-13 South Suburban Conference Red win that kept their ledger perfect.
McClendon had performed a similar act of thievery near the end of a Week 5 clash with Richards, and that steal nailed down Evergreen’s 35-34 triumph back then. Amazingly, the Mustangs (7-0, 4-0) have collected five of their six on-field wins to date by single digits, four of them by no more than two points.
And even in its biggest victory, 21-10 over Oak Lawn, Evergreen had to fight back from a 10-0 halftime deficit.