Football: Spartans get huge road win over Corcoran Panthers


Alonso Acevedo goes eight carries for 150 yards and six total touchdowns as Strathmore remains in second place in the East Sequoia League

By Patrick Dillon

CORCORAN – Since scoring their lowest point total two weeks ago, the Strathmore Spartans have scored a combined 109 points. It included a 56-14 road rout over the Corcoran Panthers last Friday night.

“We are starting to really jell,” head coach Jeromy Blackwell said. “There was some resiliency in this team last week.”

The Spartans (7-1, 3-1) had to overcome many obstacles and distractions even before the opening kickoff. The first happened 14 hours before kickoff when the entire team had to be at the school for a televised rally for channel 47, “Game of the Week.” Next the Spartans’ bus arrived 15 minutes late to the stadium forcing them to rush their pregame duties. But it was pointless as the Spartans had to then wait an extended period for the game to begin as it was the Panthers’ (5-4, 2-3) senior night.

“Our kids did not play the victim of anything,” Blackwell said.

Instead, the Spartans took it as a chance to prove themselves, and once again their speed was their method of accomplishing that. Alonso Acevedo, the fastest player on the field according to Blackwell, led the Spartans running back core with eight carries for 150 yards and five touchdowns. This was the second straight game he has rushed for more than 100 yards and multiple scores.

Acevedo was the one who got the scoring going seven minutes in the opening quarter with a 45-yard score. His second score came two minutes later from a 55-yard punt return.

“An area of our team which doesn’t get enough credit is our special teams,” Blackwell said.

Acevedo added his third score in a single quarter off a 25-yard run which made it 21-0. His final rushing touchdowns came in the second and third quarters on runs of 27 and 45 yards respectively.

“He has always been fast but hitting the hole the way he is, it’s incredible,” Blackwell said.

Right behind Acevedo is Carlos Moreno. Blackwell already has high hopes for this freshman in coming years, and for good reason. He had 10 carries for 110 yards. His only score came on a 47-yard run with under a minute left in the first quarter. It put Strathmore up 28-0 by the end of the first frame.

The night also held the starting debut for quarterback Trace Pugh after Cristian Rodriguez was put into concussion protocol. Pugh went 5-9 for 97 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The score came in the second quarter to Acevedo on a 22-yard pass.

“He was very comfortable in the pocket all night long,” Blackwell said. “Once it started collapsing he was able to step up or escape.”

Their speed was just not used in scoring, but on the defensive side of the ball as well. Besides the two scores the Spartans forced the Panthers to punt six times. Eduardo Lopez led the Spartans with seven tackles and was one of four defenders to record an interception.

Strathmore will need to be sharp in all three phases of the game once again this Friday night as they enter hostile territory going to play the Granite Hills Grizzlies (2-6, 2-2). While the Grizzlies’ record does not reflect the strongest team Blackwell is not taking their inner district rival lightly.

“We need to close out the regular season strong,” Blackwell said.

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