Mouseketeers upend Diamond Ducks, 48-7
The Mouseketeers offense did what was expected. The defense was even better than head coach Nathaniel Churchmouse hoped.Mickey Mouse passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Mouseketeers rolled past the Diamond Ducks 48-7.
The Mouseketeers (9-3) had little difficulty with the Diamond Ducks (2-9), tied with the Aviators for the worst start in Mickey Mouse Athletics history. The game was a blowout by halftime, and the Mouseketeers reserves got nearly as much playing time as the starters.
The high-octane offense had 42 points by the third quarter in one of the most lopsided football games in recent memory.
The Mouseketeers' offense had another impressive afternoon, but the defense made the Daisy Duck look as dismal as the Ducks record, intercepting three passes and holding them to 322 total yards - most of them after the game was decided.
"I was very pleased with our defense," Churchmouse said. "We continued to take the ball away. We came out strong on both sides of the ball. We dominated the line of scrimmage. We made a significant improvement today."
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Cinderella co-stars, Jaq and Gus, each rushed for a touchdown as the heavy Disney Football favorites scored 21 points in the first 12 minutes.
Mickey was 13-of-20 for 181 yards despite sitting out the fourth quarter. While they weren't close to the eye-popping numbers he put up last week against the Catamounts (417 total yards and three touchdowns), they were more than enough to beat the Diamond Ducks.
The game matched two teams in polar opposites of one another. The Mouseketeers shut out the Diamond Ducks until the fourth quarter, with a combination of Cinderella characters and weak side fire zone blitzes.
"On offense, you either go for the quick strike, or you're methodical. We weren't either," Dickie Duck said.
With Minnie Mouse watching from the Mouseketeers booth in the press box, Mickey led the Mouseketeers on a game-opening 57-yard drive capped by Mickey's 1-yard TD run.
"We had to make a statement in the first series," Mickey said. "We came out playing well at the start."
After the Ducks punted, Mickey took just two plays before throwing a 45-yard touchdown pass to Amos Mouse. Diamond Ducks quarterback Daisy Duck's next pass was tipped and intercepted, Gus capped an eight-play drive with his first offensive touchdown of the year.
"I think that this is one time that the score did summarize the game," Ducks running back Gosalyn Mallard said. "They got up early, and that was it."
The Mouseketeers offense struggled in the second quarter, but the Ducks kept giving them plenty of opportunities. May Duck fumbled on a punt return late in the second quarter, and Mickey capitalized with a 16-yard pass to nephew Morty Fieldmouse, who scored his team-leading sixth touchdown.
The Ducks finally scored on a short drive following a Mouseketeers fumble early in the fourth. Daisy was 18-of-40 for 171 yards.
"This was the coming together of the defense," Mouseketeers linebacker Basil of Baker Street said. "We're cutting down on our mistakes."
The Ducks two-win season under embattled coach Mabel Shelduck dropped like the Tower of Terror to new depths of futility - and rose to new heights of comedy, with even more turnovers and mistakes. On one play, Daisy caught her own deflected pass and recovered his own fumble while gaining 2 yards.
"That was a very good Disney Football team," Mabel said. "Our offense has done some very good things through the course of this year, but it seemed like every time we had a play called, they were right on it."
HESS Sports Field #25 featured a large contingent of Mouseketeers fans decked out in red and black, and there were large sections of empty seats in the Diamond Ducks usually packed fan section.
Several fans were seen at the Welcome Center asking for a refund on season passes, complaining that the Diamond Ducks football team was as big of a failure as Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass".
One of the fans left in the stadium held a bright yellow sign reading, "Go Back To Your Disney Job!"