Defensive back Devonte Smith lays a big hit on an East Nicolaus runner a yard from the goal line to prevent a touchdown on a fourth-and-goal play in the first quarter.
With a 53-21 victory over East Nicolaus in the first round of the Division IV playoffs last Friday night, the Quincy Trojans are looking exceptionally strong going into this Friday’s semifinal game against Modoc.
Quincy, seeded second, will host the third-seeded Modoc Braves, who are coming off a 38-12 playoff victory against Chester. Quincy and Modoc each sport 9-2 records.
Seven weeks ago, Quincy struggled to beat East Nicolaus by two points, so Quincy’s easy playoff victory last Friday proved how much stronger the Trojans have grown.
“As you go into the playoffs, you want to be getting better,” said Quincy coach Tom Goss. “We’re clicking offensively. Our offensive line is doing an exceptional job, and Alex (Easley) keeps getting better and stronger each week.”
Easley turned in a postseason performance for the record books last Friday, with 340 yards rushing and five touchdowns, averaging more than 12 yards a carry.
Quincy quarterback Cameron Diaz Deleon added 128 yards and two touchdowns, giving the Trojans more than 500 yards on the ground.
“Cameron and Alex are strong kids,” said Goss. “Even if you do get a hat on them, they’re not easy to bring down. You have to gang tackle them.”
Goss also commended Quincy’s defense. “Our defense was ready for them,” he said. “The kids did an outstanding job.”
Lane Labbe and Keyshon Johnson each nabbed an interception for Quincy, and Josh Hannah recovered a fumble.
Quincy’s win was even more dominate than the score indicates. East Nicolaus didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter, when the Trojans were using their second string and younger players from the junior varsity squad.
“It’s good to get all the kids in, to let them have experience, have fun, and reward them for their hard work,” said Goss.
This Friday’s semifinal game begins at 7 p.m. at Feather River College.