KIRTLAND — The Kirtland Central football team dominated its homecoming opponent Española Valley from start to finish.
The Broncos knocked off the Sundevils 48-0 on Friday night at Bronco Stadium to complete a four-game homestand to open the season.
"It's a good win to finish it off, but now we go on the road for five weeks," said KCHS head coach Kevin Graham. "We'll keep the momentum going and try to get better each week. That's been our goal from day one."
KCHS sophomore Keishaun Aspaas made his presence felt in all aspects of the game, scoring a rushing touchdown on offense, recovering a blocked punt for a score on special teams and intercepting two passes on defense.
"I was surprised how well I was playing," Aspaas said of his performance. "I was on today."
Aspaas' touchdown recovery put the Broncos (3-1) on the board after the KCHS line broke through and blocked a punt early in the first quarter.
KCHS jumped ahead 14-0 on a four-yard touchdown run by Bryceson Arthur at the 3:15 mark of the first quarter.
Arthur led a balanced Broncos rushing attack with 82 yards on eight carries.
After a second interception by Aspaas, quarterback Jacob Flack scored on a sneak from a yard out to give KCHS a 21-0 lead at the end of the first.
Aspaas and Jacob Belin added touchdown runs in the second quarter to give the Broncos a 35-0 lead over the Sundevils (1-3) heading into halftime.
Aspaas, Belin and Arthur combined for 193 rushing yard on 22 carries, continuing the KCHS plan of a balanced running game between their three backs.
"It was nice to have all three," Aspaas said. "We all had an equal amount of carries."
The Broncos cruised to the victory in the second half, tacking on two more touchdowns on passes by Flack to Davidson Wyatt and Rashad Jones.
Graham is happy with the progress the team has made through the first half of the season and hopes to build off of the solid start to the year.
"We're a heck of a lot better off than we were last year after starting 0-3," he said. "We're going in the right direction, and we feel like we're moving the right way."
The defense was strong throughout the contest for the Broncos, forcing three Sundevil turnovers and blocking three punts.
"Defense is a big part of our system. We strive to perform on that side of the ball," said KCHS defensive end Christian Mackey.
The Broncos hope to continue their strong play with the first of five straight road games against Gallup on Friday.
"We take every game one at a time. Gallup is next, so our focus will be on them," Mackey said.