Football: Blazers put on clinic in 61-0 rout over Stallions

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The best running performance so far this season for Golden West gets them 398 yards and nine touchdowns in win over Madera South

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

VISALIA – There was a clinic put on at Groppetti Community Stadium last Thursday, Sept. 14, and it featured the Blazers offense, as well as their defense, as Golden West routed the Madera South Stallions 61-0.

Having an extra week in order to prepare for the Stallions (1-3) gave the Blazers (3-0) a significant upper hand. Not to mention the game being played on Thursday meant a short week for the Stallions. Still, Golden West head coach Paul Preheim’s message to his team was the same.

“We wanted them to learn the game plan and execute, and the one thing you can say about tonight is that they definitely executed,” said Coach Preheim.

Like every game this season the Blazers offensive game plan was to run the ball, and that did not matter what the Stallions tried defensively to stop them. However, the main ball carrier was different on the Blazers first drive.

Worried that the Stallions were going to key on the Blazers leading rusher, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Golden West instead used him as a decoy on their first drive. But it back fired causing the Blazers to go three and out and were forced to punt on their first position.

“That first drive kind of surprised me and I think that made our offense mad,” Preheim said.

From that drive on Rodriguez led a wing-T attack, that included Ian Kelly, Kai Caudell, Christian Ortiez, and Benjamin Davis. They each scored at least once during the first half as the Blazers offense erupted for 47-points. Of those points 21 of them were from Rodriguez as he rushed for 230 yards

Golden West’s wing-T attack did not just score touchdowns but gained 398 total rushing yards, which included 309 yards in the first half.

In the second half Kelly got his second touchdown of the game on a fly sweep up the near sideline. Kelly was the only other Blazer to have multiple scores.

Even non-skilled players got in on the scoring for the Blazers. Late in the third quarter lineman Joseph Felix punched it in from one yard out for the Blazers final score.

A running clock in the fourth quarter brought a swift end to the game. But not before the Blazer defense got their first shutout of the season. Golden West was constantly in the Stallions back field, and only allowed 12 rushing yards on the night.

“I don’t think people know how fast we are on defense,” said Preheim.

The Blazers will continue their home stint next week when they face the Exeter Monarchs at 7 p.m. In this battle of unbeatens the Monarchs (4-0) are coming off a 42-20 win over the Taft Wildcats.

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