By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer
With each passing week, the Floyd Broncos appear less and less tired after games. Part of that’s due to a progression in team conditioning, and part of that is that the Broncos sometimes don’t need all 40 minutes to win.
The Broncos evened their record to 2-2 with a 53-6 homecoming victory against Hondo, a game that ended about four minutes into the fourth quarter.
The game ended on a 6-yard reception by Brad Lee, which put the 45-point mercy rule into play.
The visiting Eagles (1-2) scored first on a 3-yard run from Lawrence Gonzales in the first quarter, but Floyd controlled the rest of the afternoon matchup as junior Jason Martinez scored four of Floyd’s seven touchdowns, kicked four two-point conversions and threw for a one-point conversion.
“We just came out a little flat in the beginning, but we didn’t let up in the end,” said Martinez, who had a 33-yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 1-yard score in the second quarter.
On Hondo’s ensuing drive after Martinez’ second touchdown, the Eagles had driven inside the Floyd 25 on a 12-yard run from Byito Salcido. Meanwhile, away from the run, a hit from Hondo senior Eli Salcido might have changed the course of the game.
Salcido hit Floyd senior Brad Lee with less than a minute to play in the half. Lee didn’t play for the rest of the quarter, and Salcido was ejected. Hondo coach Brandon Devine felt that Salcido’s ejection — and the fact that it was already a 22-6 lead for Floyd — were too much to overcome.
“The Broncos are tough, they’ve got some good players and they’re well-coached,” Devine said. “We lost our hearts when our player got out. (He’s good for) not just size, but he’s a leader.”
Salcido’s absence made things easier for the Broncos in the second half, Martinez added a 1-yard touchdown run, Kyle Kropf threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Antencio in the third quarter, a quarter in which Hondo managed just one first down.
Martinez added his fourth touchdown, a 1-yard run, early in the fourth quarter. The Broncos got a safety on a fumbled Hondo snap, and Lee finished off the rout with an 11-yard scoring reception from Kropf.
The Broncos will travel the next two weeks to Clovis Christian and Moutainair, then play two straight home games against Logan and Melrose. With each game, Floyd coach Rafael Roybal said the aim was to get a little bit better in conditioning and execution.
“We’re just in better condition and we were a little bit better (today),” Roybal said. “We’re taking small steps.”