Coach Gabe Dasko was sweating bullets before the homecoming kickoff against the Fowler Grizzlies at Jasper Butero Field last Friday evening, but his nerves were quickly quieted.
Junior Jacob Yates scooted around the left side for 15 yards and a touchdown at 8:35 of the first period, Justin Van Matre hauled in a 59 yard pass from Yates for the second TD, Grable recovered a Grizzly fumble in the end zone, big fullback Colton Grable rumbled 12 yards for another, and 12 seconds later another one from 18 yards out. When the dust had cleared, the Farmers were in full control, pushing ahead for a substantial 30-0 lead with 42 seconds remaining in the first period.
Not to worry coach, your band of Red Raiders was not going to let this Homecoming game get away from them. With reserves playing the entire second half, the starting eight for the Grizzlies could manage only a meager six points. With an abundant amount of finesse, the Farmers secured their second resounding Southern League win, 52-6.
“We didn’t have any problem tonight,” quipped sophomore Trystan Moltrer who contributed 20 yards on kickoff returns, 30 on kickoffs, 12 yards receiving, three unassisted tackles on defense, and two defended passes. The youngster also managed to make for an all-around miserable night for the Grizzlies. “Our offensive line played very well. They opened up a lot of big holes. We won big, but we can’t get cocky. We’re doing well even though we lost at home to two top teams by a combined three points. Right now we’re doing very well for ourselves.”
In the second quarter, Hunter Robins rushed two yards for a TD, followed by a 60 yard rumble to pay dirt on the legs of Jesse Solano. Solano’s touchdown with 51 seconds left in the half topped the score at 44-0, activating the running clock rule.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” said Solano. “We executed what we were supposed to do. We can’t play to our opponent’s level; we have to play to our own level. We just have to work hard to get better. We have to aim for bigger goals.”
The Farmer defense, in particular, was outstanding. Tony Payne led the charge with seven unassisted tackles and two assists; Hunter Robins was involved in seven tackles, Rion Gladden contributed six tackles, Grable had four tackles and a fumble recovery, Craig Schafer four tackles, Jesse Waller four tackles, sophomore Kyle Rowe had a sack and two tackles, and Yates scored an interception to add to his three tackles.
“It was a good win,” said Coach Gabe Dasko. “We finally won a home game. We took it to them tonight. Our line blocked well as usual. It was a good Homecoming game. We have had some experience with the spread offense that we were having some trouble with. They were trying that offense tonight but we got that corrected.”
The Farmer offense showed some spark too. Robins was the leading rusher with 66 yards, Solano chipped in with 25, and Riley Hudson was dazzling with a spectacular 65 yard romp.
“Our kids communicated well on defense,” added Assistant Coach George Dasko. “They played their positions well. There were not many more missed assignments in this game. They’re getting better. Craig [Schafer] and Tim [Montoya] did a good job. Shane Montoya came in for Jesse Waller who sprained an ankle, and Xavier [Chavez] and Franchesco [Rivera] did a good job on the line too. Now we have to get ready for the next one.
The next one will be on the road to Custer County. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. on October 15 for the 4-2, 2-0 Farmers.
Hoehne 30 14 0 8 — 52
Fowler 0 0 0 6 — 6