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Aztecs shut out Vikings
Barstow back on track by beating Garey
BARSTOW • Last week, the Barstow football team suffered its first loss of the season. On Friday, the Aztecs righted the ship.
The home team held a commanding, 22-0, lead at halftime and went on to beat visiting Garey, 36-0, in a non-league game at Barstow High School.
The Aztecs got on the board pretty quickly, as Jordan Londo scored a rushing touchdown about five minutes into the first half. Londo was also in on the next score, passing to Lario Welsh early in the second for the second TD, and Brandon McHenry found the end zone late in the quarter. After the two-point conversion, the Aztecs held a 22-0 edge at the half.
The team got off to a decent start in last week’s game, but Littlerock owned the second half on the way to a 21-point win. After jumping out to a big lead at the half against the Vikings on Friday night, Aztecs head coach Ray Silva wanted to be sure his players kept their heads in the game and didn’t let up in the final 24 minutes.
“We were up 22-0 against Adelanto and let them back in in the second half,” said the coach of the season’s first game, which Barstow won despite the Saints’ second-half offense. “We talked at halftime about putting them away in the second, and we responded with a touchdown in the first minute.”
That score came from Oshua Rothwell just seconds in, on the second half’s very first play. Rothwell scored on a 60-yard run.
“He’s really maturing well,” said coach Silva of Rothwell. “I’m so happy with the whole team maturing and starting to put things together.”
The Aztecs would score another before they were through. The Vikings had possession in their end, but a bobbled pass was deflected near Barstow’s George Gatti, who coralled the ball and took off. Gatti made a 78-yard run, being taken down just shy of the goal line. Dion Brown got across the line on the next play, for the final Aztec TD.
Rothwell had a total of 98 yards rushing, while Londo had 40 yards rushing, 25 yards passing, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. As a team, the Aztecs had a total of 257 yards rushing and three interceptions.
In short, it was a much better game than last week.
“We had tough practices this week. We spent most of practice Tuesday just tackling,” said Silva. “We went over the fundamentals, teaching blocking from whistle to whistle.”
“I don’t know what happened last week, we were tired and a little out of it,” said Rothwell of the Littlerock loss. “We practiced hard all week. Tuesday all we did was hit.”
“Practice is intense,” agreed sophomore Brandon Pierce. “Coach put it on us this week, made us go 100 percent every play. That’s what we have to do all the time.
“Last week gave us a reality check. We can’t assume we’ll beat anybody. We have to stay humble.”
After another hard-hitting week of practice, the Aztecs will be home again next week against Yucca Valley. It’s also Homecoming night, and should be a noisy one.
“Next week will be fun,” said Rothwell. “I’m looking forward to it.”