YERMO • The Silver Valley High School football team couldn't get past No. 6 ranked Vasquez — even with some reinforcements from Fort Irwin at the game.
The Trojans lost 56-6 to the Mustangs, who are currently ranked sixth in the CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division polls, during their own homecoming game on Friday. Silver Valley celebrated the homecoming game with the announcement of the homecoming court, a live band and several vehicles from Fort Irwin. A UH-72 Lakota helicopter, Humvee and a pair of armored vehicles from Fort Irwin were on display at Don Price Field. Soldiers let kids and adults sit inside and get tours of the equipment.
"For me it's an opportunity for everyone wins," Sgt. George Tucker said. "From what I understand a large portion of the students at the school come from military families whether it's Army, Marines or Air Force so they're our kids in a way. It's also our community, and we want to make sure the students and school know we're here and support them."
Unfortunately for the Trojans the soldiers and their vehicles couldn't take the field.
Vasquez started the game with a kickoff drilled into the endzone. The Mustangs then proceeded to swarm through the Silver Valley offensive line on three-straight plays to force a punt on fourth down and 20 from the 10 yard line. Vasquez's Bronson Perez returned Silver Valley's punt to the 17 yard line, rushed for a 13-yard first down and ended the drive on the second play with a four-yard touchdown run.
The Mustangs once again kicked the ball into the endzone and the Trojans started of at their 20 yard line. Silver Valley changed their tactics on the second drive with positive results. Carmelo Garret ran for an 87-yard touchdown on a double hand off from Jacob Nanez on the second play of the drive to close the gap to 7-6.
However, that would be the extent of the Trojans' offensive production. The Mustangs held Silver Valley, a team that averages 274 yards a game of rushing, to 120 yards rushing and 11 yards passing. Vasquez was able to get into the backfield on nearly every offensive play that the Trojans ran. Silver Valley was stopped for a loss or no gain on 19 rushing plays.
"We were missing blocks, and they were getting through our offensive line," Silver Valley coach Freezy Smalls said. "We couldn't get it going offensively. They had some size on us. I think pretty much everyone in the league is bigger than us."
Vasquez, on the other hand, operated well offensively in the air and on the ground. The Mustangs had 333 total yards including 180 yards rushing and 153 yards passing. Vasquez quarterback Cody Barnes threw four touchdown passes, three of which went to Zac McGuire, in the game. Barnes passing game opened up the Trojans' defense for the running game from Gino Campos and Perez. Perez left the game at halftime with a bruised thigh and Campos took over in his place. Campos led the team on the ground with 96 yards and one touchdown.
Vasquez coach Tim Jorgensen said his team was fueled by a desire to forget its 12-7 loss to Desert Christian with a win on Friday.
"We were ready to play," Jorgensen said. "We had two weeks off after the bye week so the kids just wanted to get into the game. They were really hungry for it after our last game. We had a tough loss to Desert Christian. We just wanted to get back on top and start winning again."
Vasquez 19 30 7 0 — 56
Silver Valley 6 0 0 0 — 6
V — Perez 4 run (Crannell kick)
SV — Garret 83 run (run failed)
V — McGuire 29 pass from Barnes (kick failed)
V — McGuire 32 pass from Barnes (run failed)
V — Alonso 50 punt return (Hernandez run)
V — Alonso 20 pass from Barnes (Hernandez run)
V — McGuire 20 pass from Barnes (Crannell kick)
V — Campos 10 run (Crannell kick)
V — Dene 11 run (Crannell kick)