November 9, 2010 > Broncos trample Patriots in regular season finale
Broncos trample Patriots in regular season finale
By Kevin Yin
Photo by Mike Heightchew
On the final day of Fremont Football League regular season play, the Broncos defeated the Patriots 54-0 Saturday morning, Nov. 6.
Broncos entered the game tied with the Raiders for first place in the American Division (which contains boys ages 11-14) with a record of 7-1. Patriots came into the game in last place at 1-7, and the game turned out to be every bit the mismatch the records suggested it would be.
Patriots were unable to contain the Broncos stable of exceptionally talented playmakers. Marcus Runels, Brycen Carbonel, Devin Hurtado and Kaleen Abubakari took turns at the running back position for the Broncos, with each breaking loose for spectacular touchdown scampers.
"Yeah, we got some good talent. I call them the four horsemen," said Broncos coach Jamie Cruz.
Runels went first, scoring on a 44-yard slashing touchdown run that, after a successful two-point conversion, put the Broncos up 8-0 with 9:37 left in the first quarter.
After the Patriots were forced to punt on their first possession, it was Carbonel's turn to dazzle the spectators, which he did with a 48-yard touchdown run on a toss sweep play. Another two-point conversion gave the Broncos a 16-0 lead with 4:13 left.
Hurtado had the longest of the Broncos touchdown runs of the day, taking a pitch 75 yards for the touchdown to increase the lead to 22-0 with 10:41 left in the second quarter.
Then, Abubakari got the defense involved in the scoring for the Broncos, intercepting a halfback pass by Patriots running back Michael Pablo and returning it 50 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, pushing the lead to 30-0 with under nine minutes to go in the half.
Carbonel capped the first half scoring with a frighteningly routine 62-yard touchdown on yet another sweep that the Patriots seemed helpless against. At halftime the score was 36-0.
In the second half, the action did not proceed as smoothly. Numerous penalties against the Broncos resulted in long, time consuming drives. Nonetheless, the Broncos kept scoring, with a pair of Hurtado touchdown runs in the third quarter putting the score at 48-0.
After Runels scored his second touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, the league's 50-point mercy rule was activated, ending the game with the final score 54-0.
FFL Playoffs begin Saturday, Nov. 13. The match-ups for the playoffs were not available at time of press.