It took a while for the wind, and the Floyd Broncos, to pick up steam Saturday afternoon. But as the wind gusts began to dominate the eastern New Mexico landscape, the Broncos began to dominate the Foothill Falcons.
Floyd was without leading rusher Edel Sotelo, but it mattered little in a 50-18 win.
“(The wind surprised us) a little,” Floyd assistant coach Adam Terry said. “But we just weren’t executing. We didn’t focus and get ready for this game like we need to.”
Early on, the Floyd offense seemed ready for a big day, driving nearly the length of the field on their first drive, capped by a J’Kobie Lee 40-yard sprint for the first score of the day to put the home team up 8-0.
Both teams exchanged turnovers and punts through the first and most of the second quarter, before Floyd senior running back Chay Chenault highlighted a sustained drive with a 2-yard dive to give Floyd a 16-0 advantage.
Hunter Terry sent Floyd into halftime with a 24-0 lead, reversing field twice and scampering 70 yards to close out the second quarter.
Visiting Foothill got their first points of the contest early in the third quarter — a 40-yard run down the sideline.
Floyd answered with a 40-yard brother-to-brother connection as Chay Chenault found Chet Chenault in the end zone to give Floyd a 30-6 lead.
Foothill scored twice more in the second half, but the Broncos answered every Falcon touchdown with one of their own, before pulling away for good in the fourth quarter.
Lee scored once more for Floyd, as did senior Seth Gibson and sophomore Hunter Terry closed the book with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Floyd coaches believe they’ll have Sotelo back in time for district play in a couple of weeks. They also seemed happy with the win, but feel there is room for improvement.
“We finally got with it and attended to business,” Terry said. “We can’t do that against some of the teams in our district, so we have to get ready.”
“We played good at times and bad at others,” Lee said. “But when we were bad, we were really bad.”
The Broncos (5-1) host Springer Saturday, before beginning district play at Logan Oct. 17.
“We’re pretty pumped up about (district),” Lee said.
“We’ve got to get everyone healthy,” Terry said. “And then I think we’ll be ready for district.”