By Greg Perkins
As anticipated, the Roadrunners had little problem downing visiting Valley Sanders last Friday when the Pirates visited Holbrook.
Playing under cool and windy conditions, the Birds recovered an opening onside kick attempt by the Pirates and took just five plays to score on a nine-yard run by Shem Bowman. Ty Foard booted the first of his six point after tries and Holbrook led 7-0 at the 9:46 mark of the first period. Valley was able to move the ball early in the game and capitalized on the second play of the second period, scoring on a three-yard run. The failed conversion left Holbrook on top 7-6. That would be as close as the Pirates would be the rest of the night.
Following their touchdown the Pirates again attempted an onside kick and again failed. Daniel Foster took just one play to score, running in from 50 yards out to push the lead to 14-6. With just under four minutes left in the half Bowman scored on a 25-yard run, capping a 95-yard drive by the Birds. The final score of the first half was another Bowman run, this time at the one minute mark on a three-yard blast, giving Holbrook a comfortable 28-6 advantage.
Lanny Newton-Pender scored with five minutes left in the third on a nine-yard run, then Bowman found the end zone for the fourth time on the night, this time from six yards out, giving the Birds a 42-6 lead. Valley didn’t cover the ensuing kickoff and Holbrook recovered, setting up shop on the Pirates’ 10 yard line. Aaron Thomas eventually scored Holbrook’s final points of the night on a two-yard run, making the score 48-6. The mercy rule allowed the fourth period to go by quickly as the Roadrunners improved their season mark to 4-2 with the win.
“Once we figured out how to stop their offense we controlled the game. We knew going in that we had to be disciplined in defense and hold onto the ball offensively,” said Coach John Bokker.
“The guys did an amazing job. Both our defensive and offensive lines played their best game of the year. Shem was all over the field on defense. Our guys that have been injured are getting healthy and we are starting to play as a team.”
Playing with a short field for much of the night the Roadrunners amassed only 381 total yards.
Foster led the way on the ground, gaining 143 yards on 10 rushes with one score. Bowman also surpassed the century mark, picking up 112 yards on 10 rushes and scoring four touchdowns. Thomas gained 66 yards on seven runs. Newton-Pender rushed three times for 20 yards. Dontae Hollins gained seven yards on three runs. Cade Maestas and Daniel Gonzales each rushed two times for four yards, and Michael O’Brien gained three yards on three attempts.
Hollins completed two of five passes for 22 yards. Wazuri Waits made one catch for nine yards, and Bowman had one grab for 13 yards.
Bowman led the defense with 27 tackles. Daniel Foster had 11. CJ Plumb made 10 stops and Ben Nafziger helped with eight tackles.
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By Greg Perkins