Mammoth stifles Whittell
The Mammoth Huskies showed up at Whittell High Saturday for a non-league football contest and lived up to their name, crushing the Warriors with a “mammoth” 62-0 victory.
“We were really flat,” Warrior coach Anthony Esquivel said. “Mammoth came out there ready to play and their aggressiveness just bulled us over.”
Led by an all-star cast of offensive weapons, the Huskies set the aggressive tone on their first play from scrimmage when quarterback Juan Carlos Prieto connected with wideout Kaiser Hamdorf for a 42-yard touchdown reception.
Shortly after a quick three-and-out by the Warriors, Prieto and Hamdorf were at it again, hooking up on a 12-yard touchdown strike for a 14-0 lead.
The air attack led by Prieto’s five completions for 154 yards and Hamdorf’s 199 all-purpose yards, was complemented by the inside-ouside running attack of RJ Flamson and Garrett Stoltzfus.
Flamson carried the ball nine times, racking up 84 yards and two touchdowns, while the 200-pound Stoltzfus pounded the ball inside for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
“I’m very lucky to have a guy that can run outside and a guy that can run inside,” Husky coach Tom Gault said. “If I was calling the defense for the other team, I would think that’s nasty stuff because you have to try and defend the whole field and that’s not easy to do.”
Struggling to harness the Mammoth’s explosive attack, the Warriors seemed to be wearing down mentally and physically as the half came to a close with the Huskies in front 48-0.
However, after the break, the Warriors took the field with much more confidence.
“We played a whole different game in the second half,” senior running back Joey Massa said. “We came out and played for our pride.”
Massa, who was well-contained early on, put together some really nice runs in the second half, including an impressive 25-yard breakaway in the fourth quarter.
“At halftime we went in and looked at some things,” Esquivel said. “We saw that the outside was opening up for us, so we came out focusing on that, and we started to cover some ground.”
Massa finished his day with 58 yards on 11 carries and fellow running back Dean Moore chipped in with 25 yards of his own. Moore was also busy on kickoff returns and finished the day with 90 return yards.
With the offense gaining a bit more confidence, the defense buckled down in the second half and held the Huskies to only two scores.
Interior lineman Ian Haessley and linebackers Alex Swearingen and Massa led the charge, stopping drives by the Huskies with strong tackling.
“We were a different team in the second half,” Esquivel said. “We were more like the team that showed up last week.”
With momentum shifting in the fourth quarter, the Warriors nearly avoided a shutout on the last play of the game when quarterback Alex Swearingen hit a Warrior receiver with a pass in the end zone. Unfortunately, the play was ruled out of bounds.
As both teams walked off the field, it was obvious the Warriors were disappointed with their performance.
“We played how we practiced (this past week),” Massa said. “We have to be serious and get to it from now on. I think everyone realized after this game that’s what happens when you don’t practice right.”
Esquivel had his own take on the game.
“Our boys took this contest very lightly and they didn’t have any intensity when they went out there. Some of them had their hearts in it and some of them didn’t, and it showed.”
The Warriors will look to get on track this Saturday when they host West Wendover at 1:30 p.m.
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