The first-year starting quarterback settled in after the shaky start, much to the delight of Eagles head coach Todd Hanley.
“I think he just finally settled in,” Hanley said. “He didn’t have much varsity experience and they did some good things defensively. I’m not gonna take anything away from Mingus; they played a good game too. I thought they were a real quality team, and we were lucky to get out of there with a win. I don’t think anything changed, I just think he settled in.”
Another player who stepped up when needed due to Jaramillo’s injury was junior running back Marcus Salcido, who rushed for 51 yards on eight carries — most of which coming in the second half when Jaramillo was sidelined.
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“He had some great runs and nice plays,” Hanley said. “When you can do that well, a lot of things will open up.”
Mingus had a chance late after Flagstaff pinned Mingus at its own 5-yard line on a punt by Kent Davison — the Eagles’ backup punter to Jaramillo.
Mingus got the ball up to midfield and was forced to attempt a deep pass. The pass was incomplete, but a Flagstaff hands-to-the-face penalty gave the visitors another shot at a fourth-and-short play.
Flagstaff got the stop, keeping Mingus from the comeback and sealing the win at Cromer Stadium.