GRIFFITH | Somebody left the barn door open and the horses got out.
The Times No. 6 Munster Mustangs ran wild over Griffith in a 38-19 Northwest Crossroads Conference game Friday. Jeffery Proctor and Dom Lucito combined for 346 yards and three touchdowns.
"Our linemen really stepped up and we studied film really well," Lucito said.
"Our linemen were amazing," Proctor said. "The holes were huge."
Munster rushed for 372 yards as a team, racking up 21 first downs and controlling the ball for long portions of the game.
"Our two little runningbacks, I can't say enough about them, and I can't say enough about our offensive line," coach Leroy Marsh said. "We've got about six or seven starters out with injuries and we kind of pieced it together. I'm proud of our kids."
The Mustangs (4-2, 2-1 NCC) marched the ball down the field on their first possession. It was only seven plays and a little over three minutes before Jeff Proctor plunged in from two yards out to make it 7-0.
The Panthers went three-and-out again and were forced to punt from their own 23-yardline. Munster put together another quick drive capped by an 18-yard touchdown pass from Joe Jumonville to Joe Johnson.
Dom Lucito broke a 49-yard touchdown run on the Mustangs' next possession, but it was called back for a block in the back well behind the play. Lucito got the score right back, though, a few plays later with a 21-yard scamper that made it 21-0.
"They ran the ball well on us," Panthers coach Jim Pickett said. "I don't have anything else to say about that."
Griffith (1-5, 0-4) moved the chains for the first time in the second quarter when Matt Colomes made a diving grab of a 34-yard pass from Kyle Buikema. That gave the Panthers some life and two plays later Antonio Suarez took the ball 45 yards for the touchdown.
Tyvon Johnson made another big play for the Panthers in the third quarter, catching a 57-yard touchdown pass that bounced off of a Munster defender and right into the the Griffith senior's hands.
"They've got some big play players," Marsh said. "Griffith has some offensive ability and when they're clicking, they're outstanding."
On the next Panther drive, Justin Green had a 57-yard touchdown run called all the way back for holding. Green took the handoff on the very next play and went 63 yards for six points.