Kirtland Central thumps Thoreau 56-6
Two defensive touchdowns helped the Broncos to a lopsided road win
FARMINGTON – The Kirtland Central football team picked up its first road victory of the season Friday and did so in emphatic fashion by downing Thoreau 56-6.
Things didn't go as planned for KC (3-4, 2-0) out of the gate, as the Broncos took only a 7-0 lead into the second quarter against the Hawks (3-4, 0-2).
"Our No. 1 goal for next week is to come out strong, because that was ridiculous," coach Greg Jenks said of the team's slow start.
Jenks said he thought the defense was fine early on, but the offense struggled to read Thoreau's defense.
"They looked a lot different than what we had been scouting on film," he said.
The Broncos shook off the rocky start and exploded with a 28-point second quarter, which included defensive scores to start and end the period, as well as a pair of Keishaun Aspaas rushing touchdowns.
The passing game then began to click in the second half, as sophomore quarterback Bryson Dowdy tossed a pair of long TDs to wrap the game up early.
One of Dowdy's scores was a 52-yard bomb to Zach Vanduren with 4:58 to go in the third quarter. The other was a 37-yard hookup with Riley Hamblin on a slant play, which triggered the mercy rule early in the fourth quarter.
Kirtland will try to make it three wins in a row next week and back-to-back victories on the road when it visits Wingate.
Jenks said his defense has been steadily improving, but it still isn't tackling as well as it should.
"We still want to wrap the ball carrier up a lot better," Jenks said. "We did a much better job of gang tackling tonight, but we also want that first guy to track it, gather it and put the shoulder where it belongs to make the play."
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