By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
FLOYD — The Melrose Buffaloes dominated from beginning to end, posting 46 points in the first half, as the Buffs defeated Floyd 54-6 Saturday afternoon in the district opener for both teams.
Melrose senior running back Adam Hairgrove spurred the Buffalo charge, running for five of the Buffs’ seven touchdowns.
“We’re pleased with how our running backs are running the ball,” Melrose head coach Dickie Roybal said. “We started strong, and ended strong.”
Hairgrove put the first points on the board midway through the first quarter, breaking loose for a 25-yard touchdown, before putting Melrose up 16-0 with a 50-yard scamper.
Floyd (4-4, 0-1) followed with a Jesus Davalos 10-yard touchdown run, but that was the last time the host Broncos saw the end zone.
Hairgrove ended the first quarter with a 45-yard score, and the Buffaloes (4-3, 1-0) outscored the Broncos 22-0 in the second quarter on the strength of two more Hairgrove touchdowns (30 and 50 yards) and a 1-yard Clint Barnard quarterback sneak.
Melrose scored once more in the second half — a fourth quarter one-yard touchdown from Barnard with less than a minute on the clock.
“In the third quarter, we put in some of our younger running backs in — it made a difference, and they did well,” Dickie Roybal said.
“We did not play,” Floyd coach Rafael Roybal said. “We just did not play.”
Both coaches downplayed the annual rivalry between the two schools.
“It’s not as big of a rivalry as it used to be,” Dickie Roybal said. “It used to be real big. I don’t think it’s as much as it used to be.”
“No, this is not a rivalry game. We have to be equal before it’s a rivalry game,” Rafael Roybal said.
The Broncos will try to get their first district win Friday afternoon at home against Logan, while Melrose travels to play winless Clovis Christian Friday night.
“The main thing is getting that first district win,” Dickie Roybal said. “I told the kids, ‘You get one more win and we’re in the playoffs.’”