By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer
The Floyd Bronco’s homecoming game Saturday afternoon quickly turned into a scoring bonanza for the visiting Tatum Coyotes, as six different Coyotes scored, on the way to a 61-14 rout.
Senior quarterback Trent Hemann scored three touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Tatum offense.
“We’re not very good,” Floyd head coach Rafael Roybal said. “We’re real young, we just don’t play very well, its inexperience, and lots of different things.”
Tatum needed only one play on their first possession to take the early lead, a 70-yard pass from Hemann to fellow senior Jason Cogburn.
Tatum head coach Jarrod Sowder was pleased with the quick score from his seniors.
“We did a good job,” Sowder said. “The execution was there, and that’s what we needed to see from our upper classmen.”
Tatum senior Tyler Glenn added another quick score for the Coyotes from one-yard out, followed by first quarter touchdown runs of 48 and 9 yards from Henmann to give Tatum a 28-0 first quarter score.
Even when the ball seemed to bounce Floyd’s way, Tatum took advantage. After a 2-yard Glenn touchdown to take a 35-0 lead, the Broncos forced a Tatum fumble, but Coyote senior lineman Phillip Cruz picked up the loose ball, and took it 20 yards for the Tatum touchdown to take a 41-0 lead midway through the second period.
Floyd reached the end zone before the half, as sophomore Jason Martinez capped a Floyd drive with a 5-yard scamper to the left, but Tatum led 41-6 at halftime.
Tatum’s Hemann scored again in the third quarter, this time from 11-yards out, followed by a fourth quarter touchdown run from freshman Juan Cardenas to give the Coyotes a 53-6 lead.
Floyd quickly answered that score with a 35-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Jason Martinez to freshman receiver Chet Chenault. But Tatum capped off the rout as freshman Logan Medlin caught a short pass on the left sideline, and scampered 62 yards for the touchdown on the final play of the game, as Tatum (5-1) won 61-14.
Following the game, Roybal voiced praise for the opposition.
“They’re definitely a good football team, they’ll probably be in the semifinals (of the 8-man state playoffs), could be in the finals depending on what side of the bracket they get,” Roybal said.
Despite the big win, Sowder said there’s plenty of room for improvement for his Tatum Coyotes, especially his second team.
“We missed some blocks, and then we had a couple of miscues when we had some of our starters come out there in the second quarter, and the combination we had out on the field didn’t mesh right,” Sowder said.
For Roybal and his young Floyd Broncos, its back to work.
“There’s always positives in a game,” Roybal said. “You just have to find them, and right now, I just can’t think of anything real positive, and I’m not saying there’s not any, its just hard when you get beat as bad as we did.”
Floyd (1-4) revives a big local rivalry as they travel to Melrose Friday night, to begin district play.