By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
FLOYD — The Gateway Christian Warriors lit up the scoreboard and the stat sheet Saturday afternoon in Floyd, battering the Broncos 62-0.
The Warriors posted 38 in the first quarter and never looked back.
Junior Joshua Hunter led the Warriors with three touchdowns, including an 81-yard run, a 60-yard reception and a 60-yard punt return, while senior Benjamin Chavez added two rushing scores.
And that was just the first quarter.
Roybal said Hunter is a lot like his two older brothers, who also played at Gateway Christian.
“He’s like (his two brothers),” Floyd head coach Rafael Roybal said. “He’s a good athlete and he plays well. That’s all you can say. When you’re playing good athletes it’s hard to stop them.”
Hunter contributed another 50-yard run in the second quarter, and junior Zach Bradshaw accounted for Gateway’s other two scores.
“That’s just an excellent football team,” Roybal said.
The young Broncos (1-2) had as many as six freshmen on the field together against a Gateway team (3-0) that has won 22 of their last 23 games, including the last two state championships.
“There’s no way you can play with a football team like that when you’ve got six freshmen on the field,” Roybal said.
“They’re really big and really good and we’re really young and not as big,” Floyd sophomore Chet Chenault said. “We have six freshmen out there sometimes and that makes it hard.”
The Broncos best drive came at the end of the game, as Floyd drove to the Gateway four-yard line as time expired.
“We’ve done that all along,” Roybal said. “I don’t think we’ve ever quit in any game that I’ve seen.”
“We had to have a good drive,” Chenault said. “(To) not give up shows those younger kids you can’t give up just when you’re getting your butt kicked, you have to keep on going.”
The Broncos play Animas in Tularosa Saturday afternoon.
“It’s just a matter of coming back to work,” Roybal said. “That’s all we can do. We’re not going to get better tomorrow, but we’ll get better gradually.”