Sports: Rough outing for Alconbury
October 4, 2006
RAF ALCONBURY — The Menwith Hill Mustangs came to Cambridgeshire last Saturday on a mission. Quarterback Andrew Kaaihue and running back LaShawn Adams ensured their success.
The senior quarterback started the game behind center and quickly led the Mustangs down the field on touchdown-scoring drives that put the game against the Dragons away early. He also led the defense from his linebacker position with four tackles and a fumble recovery on the way to a 36-8 win over the Dragons.
And it was Adams who laid waste to most of the early yardage, racking up 155 yards on 12 carries on his way to scoring two touchdowns. After the game, the powerful but agile runner gave all the credit to the boys up front.
“I always give it all to my linemen,” the North Carolina native said. “If it wasn’t for my line, I would be nothing out here.”
Indeed, the front five graciously opened huge holes all afternoon, allowing five Mustangs to gain more than 50 yards apiece on the ground, and four to come near or top 100.
But it was the early play of Kaaihue, as well as his leadership at linebacker, and Adams’ running prowess that set the tone for Alconbury’s long afternoon.
Mustangs Head Coach Dave Grana praised the Louisiana native.
“He’s all over the field and does all sorts of things for us,” Grana said. “We’ve got some big people and we’ve got some athletes. And he’s our leader.”
Kaaihue, for his part, knows his success lies in the strength of his teammates, especially Adams.
“We’ve practiced a lot to get used to each other,” he said. “We know how to recover and get it together when the other one is doing bad.”
Both players and the coach soaked up the momentarily bliss of winning the team’s first game of the year after two rough opening tilts. But it’s just that, momentary.
“You just take what you learn this week and get better,” Kaaihue said. “The celebration is just for today and then you move on to the next game.”
The Mustangs will take their momentum home this week against the London Central Bobcats for the Menwith Hill homecoming game.
“We know what we can do now when we don’t make mistakes and play hard,” Grana said.
Alconbury, which fell to 0-3 on the season, also is celebrating its homecoming game this Saturday with a game in Cambridgeshire against Rota, Spain.