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A Homecoming win
Trojans whitewash Silver Knights
YERMO • The Trojans snapped their losing streak in style.
After starting the season 4-0, the Silver Valley football team has stumbled in recent weeks, losing its last three games. All those matches were on the road, as were the previous two games, both wins.
On Friday, the Trojans were finally home again at last, for a well-deserved Homecoming celebration. When the halftime festivities were underway and the King and Queen were crowned, there was already a festive atmosphere, as the home team held a 35-0 lead. The Trojans tacked on another 22 points in the final 24 minutes on the way to a big, 57-0 victory, at Silver Valley High School.
As the score implies, Valley scored early and often. Dan Quixchan got it started, dashing to the end zone on a 50-yard run in the game’s first two minutes.
“We were able to have our way on offense tonight,” said Trojans head coach John Stewart. “We were making plays that eluded us in the last three games.”
Quixchan scored again before the night was over, finishing with 130 yards rushing. He also helped set the stage for the last touchdown of the third quarter, making a 30-yard run to advance the ball down the field where Brian Ili carried it the last few feet with 3:14 left.
Evan Martinez had quite a night between the game and the festivities. He was crowned Homecoming King, and also threw two touchdowns and ran for two, for a total of 180 yards throwing. He helped put the game away early in the third quarter, after Valley made an interception. Five plays later, Martinez scrambled across the line, and James Liker’s kick was good, making it a 42-0 game.
“Evan had a great game, he threw some beautiful balls tonight,” said coach Stewart.
Martinez is having quite a season, and continued it on the Homecoming stage.
“It feels good to spend one of the greatest nights of my senior year on the field,” he said after the big win. “I want to thank the big crowd for showing up and cheering us on, it really helped.”
Bailey Rettman also scored twice for the Trojans, running back a punt return and making a 48-yard reception.
“Bailey is having a phenomenal sophomore year for us,” said Stewart. “He had a streak of not-too-hot games, but brought it back together tonight in a big way.”
Hopefully, the Trojans (5-3, 3-2) can ride the momentum of Homecoming down the final stretch. There are two games left, both at home, and with playoffs on the line, the two tilts are crucial, starting next Friday against Boron.
“Next week is a big one,” said coach Stewart. “For a good shot at playoffs we have to put our best foot forward.”
Martinez would like to close out his high school football career with a trip to the postseason.
“This game brought our high back. Next week is big,” said the Silver Valley senior. “I hope a big crowd shows up to cheer us on. That really helps a lot.”
The season will conclude with games the next two Fridays, against Boron and Mammoth, at 7 p.m.