Spring Creek runs over South Tahoe
Courtesy of the Elko Daily Free Press
SPRING CREEK, Nev. – The Spring Creek football team ran over, under, around and mostly through the porous South Tahoe defense Friday en route to a 60-12 win.
The Spartans (4-3) won on their homecoming night, evening their Northern 3A League record at 3-3 and making the festivities that much more enjoyable for all. The Vikings fell to 0-6 in league play.
“It’s good to get back in the win column,” said Spring Creek coach Joel Jund, whose team won its first three games of the 2011 campaign, before enduring a three-game skid that ended Friday.
Simply put, the Spartans had to get a win Friday to get back on track before they play Dayton and Elko in the final two weeks of the season – two teams like the Spartans who are jockeying for playoff position. The Vikings were all but out of the playoff picture, but were nonetheless looking for a win against a good Northern 3A team.
Spring Creek made sure it didn’t stub its toe Friday with eight touchdowns in 12 possessions. The Spartans’ Colby Patton kicked a 29-yard field goal on one of the other possessions giving Spring Creek points 75 percent of the time it had the ball.
Senior running back Ryan Hoyos wasn’t the homecoming king for Spring Creek, but he was the king of the night during the short time he played. Hoyos gained 159 yards on 11 carries and scored all four of the Spartans’ first half touchdowns before coaches elected to rest him for most of the second half.
But when Hoyos left the game, Spring Creek’s rushing attack saw no dip in production. Eight other players saw carries and accumulated 221 additional yards to give the Spartans 380 yards on the ground for the game.
“It’s a collective effort (to run the ball well),” Jund said. “It starts with the line and the backs have to be patient. It’s a process. We’ve seen improvement and we’re getting better. You don’t get a suntan in a day.”
Hoyos did not play football his sophomore and junior years and was a quarterback as a freshman. His return to the team and quick learning curve at running back has given the Spartans a boost this season.
The senior scored on 7-, 19-, 54- and 28-yard runs, bursting around the corner or through the line of scrimmage and sprinting often untouched into the end zone.
When Hoyos was relegated to second half cheerleader, the Spartans received scoring runs from Austen Plank (three yards), Nick CdeBaca (17 yards) and Aaron Cleary (41 yards). Spring Creek’s lone aerial touchdown was a 48-yard screen pass from Plank to tight end Andrew Bart.
The combination of Plank and Spring completed 6-of-8 passes for 144 yards.
South Tahoe scored on it’s second possession of the game and again on a 90-yard kickoff return by Jacob Stowell in the second half.
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