Whiteface wins ups Broncos’ playoff chances
Published October 27, 2012 12:30am by
Whiteface win ups Broncos’ playoff chances
Meadow is almost certainly in the playoffs, thanks to a big win over Whiteface Friday night.
The Broncos returned from the home of the Antelopes with a 56-24 victory and a 2-1 district record that lacks only a match against easier opponents Lubbock Harmony.
With a comfortable lead through four full quarters, that third round of district action probably wasn’t the most exciting game of the season. It was particularly notable, though, given six players were out with injuries.
"I think we played pretty good for not having half our team,” said head coach Kent Allison. "I was proud of our kids the way they hung in there. They bounced back tonight.”
The visiting Broncos scored first on a 1-yard touchdown run by junior Brandon Flores, then again on a blocked punt by senior Andrew Castillo sealed with another Flores run, and on an 11-yard pass from seniors Christian Herrera to Alan Estrada. They were up 20-0 at the end of the first quarter, then as much as 28-0 a few minutes later thanks to a 17-yard touchdown run by Flores.
The Antelopes finally scored with 4:30 left in the first half on a 50-yard run by junior Lane Scoggins and just 15 seconds later scored again on a fumble recovery and run by junior Jesus Davila. A 3-yard touchdown run by senior Rafael Urias gave the Broncos a 34-16 halftime lead.
Flores carried 28 yards to the goal line for another Meadow touchdown early in the third, and a couple minutes later Estrada intercepted an Antelope play and ran a 45-yard touchdown. The Antelopes’ only second-half touchdown was from a pass to Scoggins.
Both sides’ defensive efforts kept the scoreboard at 55-24 the entire fourth quarter as the clock winded down.
Post-touchdown extra points came mainly from kicks by Urias and on a 1-point pass from Urias to Esparza.
The Broncos will have a bye week Friday before they wrap up district season. Allison said he hopes the rest and recovery will be useful for the teammates fighting injuries.
"Right now we’ve just got to get well,” he said. "A week off will help us a tremendous amount.”