The Mineral County High football team didn’t miss a beat on Saturday afternoon as they pounded Excel Christian 76-40 in Reno.
Playing in their first game in over three weeks, the Serpents jumped out to a 38-0 halftime lead and held on as the home team tried to fight back in the second half. Mineral County gave up 40 second half points, but matched the Warriors on offense in a game that went the way of the visitors from the opening kick.
“We are very happy with the win, but there are some things that we could’ve done better,” said Mineral County coach Curt McElroy. “I thought we’d be a little rusty after two bye weeks, and we were. We didn’t do some things defensively in the second half that we should have done, but any time we put up those kinds of points is great.”
Quarterback Tyshawn Bonner got the scoring started early for the Serpents. The senior scored on consecutive touchdown runs to open the game, and connected on back to back scores with Wattie Balderama and Chance Sterns to put the game out of reach in the second quarter.
Bonner later scored on a 60 yard run, and twice more on short runs to give him five rushing touchdowns on the day and eight overall.
“Tyshawn is a horse, he played great,” said McElroy. “I can’t say too much about one person though, because they all played decent overall.”
The Serpents were playing in their first game since their opening season win against Lone Pine after cancellations by their next two opponents, Avalon and Owyhee. Saturday’s game at Excel was also in doubt after several sporting events were cancelled late in the week due to heavy smoke in the Reno area from a nearby wildfire.
Mineral County (3-0) will now turn its attention to its toughest opponent yet this season, Virginia City. The Muckers are coming in on the heels of a 57-12 win over Carlin on Sept. 13, and were out scouting the Serpents game on Saturday.
“We’ll find out what we’re made of after this game,” McElroy said. “We’re confident in our game and what we do and will come out fired up and ready to go.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday evening at the Mineral County High School football field.