By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer
FLOYD — With losing streaks followed by winning streaks followed by losing streaks, there are likely mixed reviews on how the caliber of football team the Floyd Broncos are. There was no such doubt about Logan on Saturday afternoon.
The visiting Longhorns scored on a 60-yard run by Josh Franco on the first play from scrimmage and jumped out to a 30-0 start en route to a 52-6 win at Floyd High School.
Logan (4-2) ended the game with about six minutes left in the third quarter on an 11-yard touchdown run which ended the game via the sport’s 45-point mercy rule in the second half.
Floyd will face another tough team next week, as Melrose is set to come to Floyd Saturday.
“We’ve got to work on everything,” Floyd coach Rafael Roybal said. “We had three wins in a row and I thought we were doing well. After these last two games, I don’t know. Of course, we have played better football teams.”
The Longhorns put together a balanced effort in the win, with 145 yards rushing and 135 yards in the air in the blowout.
“You can’t say much,” Logan coach Billy Burns said, “other than the kids stepped up and did what they needed to do today.”
Five different players scored for the Longhorns, and quarterback Drew Perez helped account for many of those scores with a four-touchdown passing effort. Jake Abercrombie and Saul Acosta each caught two touchdowns, and Acosta kicked five two-point conversions.
While Logan was at full strength, it was not that way for Floyd (3-5). The Broncos were without junior Jason Martinez, who was on the sidelines with a sprained knee.
Without Martinez, the Longhorns were able to rush Floyd quarterback Kyle Kropf throughout the afternoon. Kropf was able to find senior Brad Lee most of the time, including a 25-yard pass in the second for Floyd’s only score, but Logan was able to limit possessions by keying on Lee and Kropf.
“I think (Martinez’ absence was) a big part of it,” Burns said.
“He’s probably one of their fastest kids. When they don’t have him, they lose one of their trio with Kropf and Lee.
“It made them one-dimensional, so th
at made it tougher (for Floyd).”
Roybal felt Martinez’ absence did hurt Floyd’s depth, but felt the rout was a combination of many things.
“This is the second we in a row where we didn’t show up and play,” Roybal said. “I don’t know if (Martinez would) have helped us a lot today, but he’s more experienced than putting a freshman in there.”