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Trojans bested by Bobcats

BORON • The Silver Valley football team took its sixth loss of the season last Friday, a 75-21 road loss to Boron.


Things began getting out of control quickly. It was an emotional game for Boron, as it was the last game of the regular season for coach Todd Fink.


“There were over 65 plays ran in the first quarter alone. They kicked five onside kicks and threw the ball over 35 times,” said Trojans head coach John Stewart. “With no incomplete passes or injuries, the first quarter took an hour to play.”


Evan Martinez tried not to let the circumstances get in his way, completing seven passes for 139 yards, upping his season total to over 900 yards. Robert Santiago scored a touchdown, as did Dante Fields (19-yard run) and James Liker (59 yards). Fields also had 13 tackles, and along with Devon Thrash, Myron Sacks and Anthony Aguilera was in on the team’s four sacks. Thrash and Jordan Gibson had interceptions, and Liker’s kicks were a perfect 3-for-3.
D.J. Payne scored three times for the Bobcats.


Despite the final score, the Trojans gave Boron one of its tougher offensive games. Those 21 points were the most the Bobcats have given up to any one opponent all season, and the game's outcome actually dropped them in the state rankings. Friday’s win left them with a 9-1 record, with five of those wins coming by shutout. In the three other wins, over Capistrano Valley Christian, Vasquez, and Desert Christian, Boron gave up six, six, and seven points, respectively. Their only loss was back on Sept. 14, to Rio Hondo Prep.


“We scored the most points yet on their stifling defense, which was only averaging giving up six points per game. We had guys in position to make plays all night, we just couldn’t get the job done against such a good group of athetes,” said coach Stewart. “They’re a real good team that has three or four skilled guys who have the chance to go on to some high level of college football when their high school days are over.


“A positive for us, as a team, is that we never gave up. Throughout the night we kept fighting.”


The loss leaves the Trojans at 3-6, 2-2.


Silver Valley has one game left, at Mammoth this Friday.


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