November 16, 2010 > Hurtado leads Broncos in rout against Jets
Hurtado leads Broncos in rout against Jets
By Kevin Yin
Photo by Mike Heightchew
Devin Hurtado scored six rushing touchdowns as the Broncos crushed the Jets, 66-12, in the American Division semifinals of the Fremont Football League playoffs.
It was hardly a surprising result: In two meeting this season between the Broncos and Jets, the Broncos won both games by scores of 55-6 and 44-0. The largest source of suspense on the afternoon was which of the Broncos bevy of talented playmakers would take center stage.
As it turned out, it was Hurtado who would reap the greatest bounty from the harvest. The Jets proved completely unable to handle Hurtado's blend of speed and power, the former preventing most Jets defenders from ever touching him, while the latter typically ensured that contact would be brief and ineffectual.
Two of Hurtado's six touchdown runs went for 30 yards apiece and two more went for over 50 yards each. But Hurtado's most dazzling scamper was a 61-yard touchdown on a sweep where Hurtado started running toward the right sideline, found himself cutoff, then reversed field to the left and outran a succession of Jets defenders to the end zone.
"[Hurtado] had a hell of a game. He was one of the guys who played strong from the get go," said Broncos coach Jamie Cruz.
Hurtado was by no means the only Bronco to get in on the feast. Brycen Carbonel scored one rushing touchdown and added another touchdown on a fumble return. Kaleen Abubakari also returned a fumble for a touchdown, and was a terror on the defensive side of the ball, sacking Jets quarterback Junior Diala twice. They built a 38-0 first quarter lead and coasted the rest of the way.
Under five minutes in the second quarter, the Jets managed to finally get on the board when Diala finished off a long touchdown drive with a one-yard sneak for a touchdown that made the score 38-6. Their second touchdown-and the game's only passing touchdown-came when Daila, on a play-action bootleg, hit tight end Richard Cline for a 17-yard score.
After Carbonel scored his rushing touchdown, making the score 66-12, the game was called on account of the league's mercy rule.
Next up for the Broncos is the winner of the Raiders and the Bears next Saturday, Nov. 20, in the American Division championship game. Raiders were the only team to deal the Broncos a defeat during the regular season.