After a tough 58-24 loss at Virginia City the previous week, the Mineral County High football team bounced back in a big way, knocking off Sierra Lutheran 74-7 on Friday in Hawthorne.
The Serpents scored early and often in the game and never looked back. After putting up 36 points in the first quarter, they scored 24 in the second to take a huge 60-7 lead into half. A running clock for most of the second half prevented anymore damage after they scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter.
A number of players led the way for the Serpents, including quarterback Brandon West who was 12 of 15 passing for 283 yards and four touchdowns. West also carried the ball six times for 102 yards and a score.
Andre Davis was the recipient of eight passes from West, and finished the night with 222 yards receiving for two touchdowns. He added a third for good measure with a rushing score later.
Michael Smith led the team in carries with 14 for 120 yards and three touchdowns, while Robert McFalls and Damien Montoya also got into the act. McFalls reached the end zone both in the air and on the ground, while Montoya rushed for a score.
On defense, Spencer Benjamin led with five tackles and three assists and Mario Ramos added five more. Chance Sterns recorded a sack along with two tackles and two assists.
Mineral County coach Curt McElroy was just as much pleased with his defense as he was with his offense, but gave plenty of credit to his linemen for the big scoring output.
“The offensive line of Smith, Isaiah Crowl and Taylon Wachsmuth opened holes and pass blocked excellently to allow huge gains for us. It was a good win,” McElroy said.
The Serpents improved to 3-2 after the win and will travel to Whittell (5-0) on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.