The Salome Frogs football team won their first game of the season Aug. 23 when they defeated a 1A West rival, the Mohave Accelerated Patriots from Bullhead City, 72-0.
“We were definitely ready to play,” Coach Bryan McCarty said after the game.
The game may have been more lopsided than the score would indicate. If this had been a boxing match, the referee would’ve stopped it in the first round.
For much of the first quarter, it looked like the Frogs were scoring at will. They had three touchdowns and three two-point conversions in the first two minutes of play. Four minutes into the first quarter, they led, 32-0. By the time the quarter ended, they were up, 50-0.
McCarty stated that, after the first quarter, he began to get his freshmen and younger players into the game so they could get some experience.
The Frogs scored once in each of the remaining quarters. With 1:20 left in the first half, Octavio Martinez scored on a 35-yard touchdown run. He then hit Tatum Milts with a pass for the two-point conversion. This made the score Frogs 58, Patriots 0 at half-time.
Nick Dautel scored a touchdown with 3:52 left in the third quarter, and Gabriel Beltran got the Frogs’ final touchdown with 9:18 left in the fourth quarter. The Frogs didn’t go for the extra point or the two-point conversion following this touchdown. They took a knee and downed the ball instead.
The Frogs took a knee several times in the fourth quarter.
McCarty said his regulars are experienced and know what to do on the field. He has 10 seniors this year, and they have all been in the Frogs’ football program for four years. He added he has several talented young players, and he used the big lead to give them an opportunity to get into a game and get some experience at the varsity level.
The Frogs are now 1-0 overall and 1-0 against their 1A West rivals. This week, on Aug. 30, they’ll be travelling to Fort Thomas to take on the Fort Thomas Apaches. On Aug. 23, the Apaches lost their opening game of the season to the Baboquivari Warriors, 32-26.
McCarty noted the Apaches are ranked No. 5 in the state, and said there’s a reason for that. He said they are experiences, fast and very good. They will also have to deal with a long bus ride from Salome. He said the Frogs’ line would be the key to beating them.
“We gotta be focused,” McCarty said. “We’re going to be taking it to their home field. We’re going to have to be as good as or better than we were this week.”