Football: Spartan youth begin to take charge in East Sequoia League opener win

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Fabian Alcantar rushes for more than 100 yards for first time this season in Strathmore win

By Patrick Dillon
@PDillon_SGN

FARMERSVILLE—Strathmore head coach Jeromy Blackwell had to call on his entire running back corps after Alonso Acevedo was sidelined. Four running backs and the quarterback Cristian Rodriguez accounted for 320 yards and eight of the team’s touchdowns in their 67-6 win over the Farmersville Aztecs last Friday night.

“It was a good way to open league,” Blackwell said. “The youth of this football team is starting to take over some key roles.”

Fabian Alcantar had to provide the senior leadership at tailback with Acevedo nursing a right knee injury he sustained during a celebration after his only score in the Spartans win over the Orosi Cardinals. Alcantar broke through for a career night. He carried the ball six times and broke the 100-yard marker with 118. He also had the most touchdowns of any tailback with three. His first came with three minutes left in the first quarter on a 23-yard run. His score made it 12-0 at the time. He added touchdown runs of 35 and 79 yards in the second and third quarters respectively.

Carlos Moreno got the start in the Spartans backfield. It was the freshman’s first start of his career, and Blackwell let him carry the ball. He was the only Spartan with double digit carries at 12 for 86 yards. He had two rushing touchdowns on the night as well.

“He’s been in this offense for a couple years now having played on our pop warner team,” Blackwell said. “He runs with anticipation of what is going to happen next.”

The game plan for Strathmore was to come out early and put the game away. While they scored 19 in the first quarter a few drives took extra plays because of unforced mistakes. Penalties and a turnover on the team’s opening drive prolonged their scoring.

Although, the Spartans’ youth is playing a key role in their success it might also be the reason for some of these mistakes. Strathmore started two other freshmen besides Moreno, and has underclassman littered at key positions around the field.

“We are very young and they seem to be getting the job done,” Blackwell said. “We are still not where we want to be, but we are not where we were either.”

The Aztecs’ only score came on the last play of the game. A rushing touchdown provided them with their only bright spot.

Farmersville is off to their worst start in recent history. They have been outscored a combined 290-31.

Farmersville head coach Marco Gutierrez did not comment on the game.

This was the Spartans 14th East Sequoia League win in a row. That winning streak is safe as they look for their 21st straight win at home in a non-league game against the Kern Valley Broncs. Kick off is slated for 7:15 p.m.

Coach Marco Gutierrez is still searching for his first win as permanent head coach of the Aztecs and will look to get it this Friday on the road against the Corcoran Panthers. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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