Greenville’s Walker Meyers runs the ball in for a touchdown during the second half of the Indians’ 34-6 win over Loyalton last Friday. The teams were at a standoff in the first half with no points scored by either team. Photo by James Wilson
Though the Indians started slow against Loyalton last Friday, they finished big to win 34-6. No points were scored by either team during the first half, but Greenville came out in the second half in full force.
Walker Meyers proved a force to be reckoned with on the field. Meyers scored four of Greenville’s five touchdowns. In addition, Meyers passed for the Indians’ other touchdown. In total Meyers rushed for 97 yards and received for 136 yards.
This is Meyers’ first season playing football. In past years, Meyers concentrated solely on basketball. Greenville coach Justin Allan convinced Meyers into playing this season, and is glad he did.
“He’s been a great contribution,” said Allan. “I think he’s finally starting to be more comfortable playing offense. Everything is starting to come together for him.”
Meyers’ performance was complemented by that of quarterback Cooper Kingdon, who had an equally great night. Kingdon went 10 for 17 passing for a total of 201 yards. Kingdon also rushed for 104 yards and received a flea-flicker pass from Meyers in the third quarter for a touchdown. Defensively, Kingdon intercepted the ball three times.
Neither team seemed to be able to maintain possession the first two quarters. The first half was riddled with turnovers. Loyalton fumbled four times and Greenville three times. Greenville knew it had to step it up the second half.
Meyers got the ball rolling for Greenville with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Logan Carmichael ran the ball in for two points, putting Greenville on the board 8-0.
Greenville regained the ball after a failed drive attempt by Loyalton. From the 26-yard line, the Indians played their flea-flicker. Kingdon handed the ball to Carmichael, who reversed it to Meyers. Meyers then threw it into the end zone where Kingdon was waiting for the touchdown.
Meyers made three more outstanding touchdowns in the game. At the end of the third quarter, he made a 28-yard touchdown reception. In the fourth quarter, Meyers rushed into the end zone twice with a 46-yard reception and a 55-yard run.
Loyalton’s only points were made off a blocked punt. The ball rolled back into Greenville’s end zone where David Guidotti jumped on it for Loyalton’s only touchdown.
Biggs 42, Portola 14
“You can’t put yourself in a hole against a good team, and that’s exactly what we did.”
This was Portola coach Steve Heskett’s take on the game against Biggs on Oct. 18. Portola quickly fell behind in the first quarter and stayed behind.
Biggs started with a bang, returning the initial kickoff for a touchdown. Portola then fumbled the ball on its second offensive play of the game. Biggs turned its fumble recovery into another touchdown to put Portola behind 14-0 in the first couple minutes of play.
Tiger quarterback Mike Martinez threw two touchdown passes for Portola’s 14 points. Juan Rodriguez caught a 7-yard pass from Martinez in the first quarter for the Tigers’ first touchdown. In the third quarter, Kyle Tobener made a beautiful 62-yard reception that landed him in the end zone.
Biggs stayed on a roll, however, and kept tallying up the points. Biggs kept its undefeated streak rolling with its seventh win of the season against Portola. With the loss, Portola’s record dropped to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in league.
East Nicolaus 38, Quincy 15
The Quincy Trojans lost another game last Friday to bring their record down to 1-6 for the season. East Nicolaus proved too much for the Trojans to handle.
Keston Pilgrim and Erik Schwartz both scored touchdowns for Quincy, but it wasn’t enough for a win. Tyler Lacey led Quincy in rushing with 103 yards. Pilgrim rushed for 56 yards and received for 68.
Maxwell 28, Chester 7
Chester started its Oct. 18 game against Maxwell with high hopes, getting a touchdown in the first quarter to put its only points of the game on the board. The Volcanoes finished their drive with a long 36-yard pass to Chris Bereznak, which put them at the 1-yard line. Jeremiah White pushed his way into the end zone the next play.
After Chester’s initial touchdown, Maxwell took over control of the game. Maxwell executed multiple long passes that chipped away at the Volcanoes.
“Our game plan was to stop them from running the ball,” explained Chester coach Terry Hernandez. “We didn’t think they could beat us passing, but they did. We just didn’t make the reads we were supposed to make.”
The loss drops Chester down to 5-2 for the season and 0-2 in league play. The Volcanoes need to win their remaining games to gain the No. 3 seed in the playoffs.