Lovelock trounces Whittell Warriors
The Lovelock Mustang football team showed the Whittell Warriors exactly why they are defending champions, and haven’t lost a game since 2003. With a powerful running attack, and a stifling defense, the reining 2A champs shut out host Whittell, 47-0 in dominating fashion this past Saturday at Zephyr Cove.
For the young Warriors, this contest was a lesson on how far they must progress in order to compete with the best in the league. “Our kids are eager to learn”, said interim coach Joey Davis, filling for Dennis Young, who was serving a one game suspension. “We are rebuilding this program, and saw where we have to go.”
The scoring began quickly for Lovelock, with quarterback Carl Fredericks hitting tight end Alec Childs on their first play from scrimmage on a 35 yard scoring pass. Lucas Montes, who leads the entire state of Nevada in rushing, scored the conversion through the stunned Warrior line to give the Mustangs a quick 8-0 lead.
The tide seemed to turn as Whittell recovered a Lovelock fumble on the next Mustang series, though the Warrior offense wasn’t able to mount a drive. The Lovelock machine continued to impress with their second scoring drive, culminated by a 55 yard run by Montes, giving the Mustangs a 14-0 first period lead.
It was more of the same in the second quarter, as Lovelock continued their scoring barrage with several long, efficient drives. Montes, who rushed for 416 yards the previous week against Yerington, scored on a 5 yard run, followed by 28 yard run on the subsequent drive by Frank Gomez to give the “Stangs” a 28-0 advantage midway through the period.
The Warrior offense began to click, though any sustained drive was halted by mistakes and the tough Lovelock defense. Quarterback Curtis Humbird completed a clutch fourth down pass to freshman Roberto Concha-Foley, only to have his reception come up inches short of the first down.
First half scoring ended with Lovelock’s Phil Schmidt’s 1 yard dive, which gave the Mustangs a commanding 35-0 lead at the break.
Halftime didn’t take the wind out of Lovelock’s sails, as they began the 3rd period with a sustained 74 yard drive, ending with a one yard run.
Whittell’s passing game began to show spark as Humbird completed several passes to senior David Sabistina. “We showed flashes of brilliance”, said offensive coordinator Brian Swoger. “The kids played hard, and moved the ball in the second half.”
Late in the 3rd, the opportunistic Lovelock defense prevailed again, as defensive back Armando Gonzalez thwarted a Warrior drive with a 38 yard interception return for a touchdown, giving the Mustangs a 47-0 advantage to end the quarter.
The tired Warriors didn’t let down, shutting down Lovelock’s attack in the final period, thanks to stellar defensive play by linebacker Travis Swoger, lineman John Sinclair and defensive back Zach Witt. “These kids are working hard”, said Davis. “They do everything that is asked of them, and are improving all the time”.
Whittell embarks on a difficult two game road swing at Yerington and Battle Mountain the next two weeks, before returning home for a homecoming battle against Silver Stage at 2:00 on October 15th.