By Dave Wagner
FLOYD — The Floyd Broncos admit they’re getting a little antsy.
Hardly breaking a sweat, the Broncos overwhelmed San Jon 66-8 on Thursday, improving to 6-0 for the season in a game called by the state’s 45-point lead rule which goes into effect in six-man games at that point.
“We don’t want to be overconfident,” Floyd sophomore Jason Martinez said. “Everybody did what they were supposed to do; we went in and dominated.
“It’s really hard to get up for these games when you know you’re going to dominate.”
Martinez, who caught four passes for 60 yards and rushed twice for 37 yards and a score, said the Broncos are already looking toward their showdown against District 3 rival Melrose in the regular-season finale at Floyd on Oct. 23.
“I think we’re pretty much (even),” he said in comparing Floyd to the also-unbeaten Buffaloes. “If we do what we’re supposed to do, I think we can pull it off.”
Even coach Jeff Gillespie finds himself taking a peek ahead.
“Everybody’s looking forward to Oct. 23,” he said. “They should be 8-0 and we should be 7-0 if everything goes well.
“With both teams having zeros on their records, it adds a little bit of flavor to it.”
It’s entirely possible that no matter what happens in that game, the Broncos and Buffaloes could meet again in the state finals in early November.
Floyd needed exactly two plays to score following the opening kickoff, with Martinez doing the honors on a 33-yard run.
By the end of the quarter, it was 33-0 and the only question was the final score.
Junior Jerrod Long scored six touchdowns for Floyd — four on runs, one on a pass from Bryan Johnson and one on a 51-yard interception return. He finished with 119 yards rushing on just nine carries and also had two of Floyd’s four pass interceptions, tying the school individual season record he set last year with 13.
Johnson also three TD passes of 1 yard to Jonathon Chavez and 20 yards to Brad Lee, while Manny Carrillo added a 30-yard run late in the second quarter.
San Jon (2-4), playing just its second season of football, got on the board against Floyd reserves on a 13-yard run by Abel Cullen with 1:03 left.
Gillespie expressed some empathy for the Coyotes, who came nursing some injuries and did not dress any seniors for the game.
“They’re young and banged up,” Gillespie said. “It’s a big adjustment from just playing basketball to getting knocked around on a football field.”
Floyd 66, San Jon 8
San Jon 0 8 — 8
Floyd 33 33 — 66
F — Jason Martinez 33-yard run (Martinez kick), 9:07
F — Jonathon Chavez 1-yard pass from Bryan (kick failed), 7:51
F — Jerrod Long 7-yard run (kick failed), 3:38
F — Brad Lee 20-yard pass from Johnson (Chavez pass from Martinez), 2:39
F — Long 36-yard run (run failed), :36
F — Long 51-yard interception return (kick blocked), 9:44
F — Long 47-yard run (Long pass from Johnson), 8:17
F — Long 50-yard pass from Johnson (pass failed), 5:49
F — Long 10-yard run (Johnson pass from Long), 3:43
F — Manny Carrillo 30-yhard run (Martinez pass from Johnson), 2:37
SJ — Abel Cullen 13-yard run (Tyson Adams kick), 1:03
First downs 1 3
Rushes-yards 15-54 15-194
Passing yards 30 131
Total yards 84 325
Comp-att-int 5-20-4 5-8-1
Punting 1-13.0 0-0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 3-35 5-35
RUSHING — San Jon, Cullen 5-35, Mike Kendal 4-7, Ryan Livingston 1-5, Luke Bugg 2-5, Adams 3-2. Floyd, Long 9-119, Carrillo 4-38, Martinez 2-37.
PASSING — San Jon, Cullen 5-18-4-30, Bugg 0-1-0-0, Kendal 0-1-0-0. Floyd, Johnson 4-6-0-131, Long 1-3-1-0.
RECEIVING — San Jon, Kendal 5-30. Floyd, Martinez 4-60, Long 1-50, Lee 1-20, Chavez 1-1.