ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. - ROP has some big kids on the team, but quarterback Austin Buyak didn't seem to notice as he piggybacked four of them into the end zone.
Buyak could not be shutdown Thursday night.
For his final trick as Warriors' quarterback, the senior muscled seven touchdowns through the heart of a large ROP defense to lead Whittell to a 58-42 win.
"This was the last time we got to walk on the football field together and during the game that was pretty much the only thing going through my mind," Buyak said.
The temperature hovered in the bone-chilling 30s, but the cold didn't slow Buyak or fellow seniors Hughston Norton, Kody Dangtongdee, Ty Sprock, Garrett Bronken and Cody Gibson.
The six lined up with determination to go out on a winning note.
Beating ROP is no small task. The week before the Rams held powerhouse program Yerington to eight points.
Buyak was not deterred. He matched the Rams touchdown for touchdown in the first half.
Buyak broke through six tackles to run the ball 37 yard to the Rams 20. Two plays later, he punched through the Ram's defense with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Sprock to tie it at 7 with three minutes left in the first quarter.
He was just getting started.
Minutes later, Buyak spun out of a tackle to run in a 63-yard TD and tie the game again.
The Warriors took a one-point lead when ROP missed the two-point conversion and Buyak ran in another TD from 17 yards out. Bronken nailed the PAT for the lead.
Buyak added two more for insurance before half. The first touchdown he ran up the middle with four ROP players on his back. Buyak then muscled in one more 16-yard TD to make it 35-20 going into half.
"It's wonderful when you can say 'I'm going to put the ball in your hands now go get us some first downs and run the clock down'," head coach David Housel said.
Dangtongdee helped the Warriors cause with a turnover to start the second half. Buyak capitalized.
He charged in a 33 another touchdown and added a two-point conversion.
All totaled the Warriors recovered two Rams' fumbles in the third quarter while they continued their offensive onslaught.
Running back Hughston Norton got in on the scoring fun with a 63-yard carry down the side. Norton, who led the league in rushing entering Thursday's game, gave the Warriors a 51-34 lead.
Buyak capped the game with one more touchdown on a 10-yard run.
"We've had a new coach who everyone really likes and appreciates and respects," Buyak said "and to go out with a win like this as a senior is great."
Just to show their coach how much they liked him, the Warriors treated Housel to an ice water shower after the game.
The Warriors finished their season 3-4 in league and 4-5 overall.