Beyer can't match big-play Atwater

Patriots are 2-2 ahead of MMC opener vs. Enochs

sjansen@mercedsunstar.comSeptember 21, 2013 

ATWATER — Atwater running backs can beat opponents two ways — with a bruising, physical style or an explosive approach.

On Friday night against Beyer, it chose the latter.

Ronald Evans displayed his big-play ability on his first two carries of the game as he broke free for touchdown runs of 84 and 68 yards to as the Falcons rolled to a 41-7 win over the Patriots at Falcon Field.

On both play plays, Evans took the handoff and got around the edge on the right side and raced to the end zone. (See video highlights)

"That's part of our offense," said Evans, who rushed for 197 yards on just nine carries. "I'm a big playmaker. We want to start off explosive.

"Our coaches tell us every play should go for a touchdown if execute properly."

The game looked like it was going to be a shootout early.

Beyer (2-2) answered Evans' first touchdown run with a big play of its own as quarterback Nick Trujillo found Jared Barnett wide open in the middle of the field. Barnett hauled in the pass and raced in for a 75-yard scoring play to tie it at 7 midway through the first quarter.

Evans responded two plays later with his 68-yarder.

The three touchdowns came in less than two minutes.

"When a team is run-oriented and does play action, you have to stay honest," Atwater head coach Bob Valladao said. "They got us there. At halftime we talked about making them earn it."

Evans' quick worked forced the Falcons to play defense most of the first quarter.

It didn't give up much after Beyer's long TD. Falcons defensive back Isaiah Washington came up with two big interceptions to stop the Patriots in Atwater territory.

The Beyer defense made its adjustments and took away the big play.

The Falcons took advantage of a special teams mistake to extend their lead in the second quarter.

A 7-yard punt gave the ball to Atwater at Beyer's 25-yard line. Two plays later, Jessie Molina scored on a 9-yard run to give the Falcons a 21-7 lead.

Evans helped set up another Atwater score with a long punt return. A Beyer face mask at the end of the return help set up the Falcons' offense at the Patriots' 11-yard line.

JoJo Ochoa scored two plays later on a 5-yard run to extend the lead to 28-7, which the Falcons took into halftime.

The Falcons offense topped 300 yards rushing for the third straight week with 337 yards. Ochoa finished with 64 yards on 10 carries.

Beyer fell to 2-2 and opens Modesto Metro Conference play next week against east town rival Enochs, which fell to 0-4 with a 31-6 loss to Merced on Friday night

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or

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