Jason Cardenas The Mineral County and Smith Valley football teams shake hands before their game last Friday in Hawthorne. The Serpents won the contest 88-16.

Jason Cardenas
The Mineral County and Smith Valley football teams shake hands before their game last Friday in Hawthorne. The Serpents won the contest 88-16.

The Mineral County High football team celebrated its 2015 Homecoming in a big way with an 88-16 pounding of Smith Valley last Friday.

The running game for the Serpents was on full display throughout the night, led by Michael Smith and Robert McFalls. Smith carried the ball just six times for 165 yards and two touchdowns, while McFalls rushed for 121 yards and two scores. Smith also scored twice on a punt return and kickoff return. Antonio Dominguez and John Slagle also got into the end zone with touchdowns.

Serpents junior quarterback Brandon West was able to rely on his running backs most of the game, but did toss two touchdowns, one to Andre Davis and one to Chance Sterns.

Defense played a big role in the blowout and Mineral County coach Curt McElroy was able to get his reserves in early, as 15 Serpents recorded tackles and five recorded sacks.

Mineral County (5-3, 4-2) will take on Pyramid Lake (7-2, 4-2) in their final game of the regular season tonight in Nixon at 7 p.m.

The Serpents and the Lakers are tied for third in the IV Northern West standings, but will fall just short of the playoffs behind Virginia City and Whittell.