Beyer blasts Enochs

Patriots score late in first half, then roll in the second to rout Eagles

jcortez@modbee.comSeptember 28, 2013 

With less than 20 seconds remaining and time for one more play in the first half, Beyer High broke the huddle after settling on a play called Rocket Toss Left.

It's aptly named.

Sophomore running back Jay Green took the toss, rocketed up the sideline and left Enochs searching for answers as the Patriots opened Modesto Metro Conference play with a convincing 27-6 win over the Eagles in the annual Sylvan Bowl.

"They'd been stopping our run pretty good," said Beyer coach Bill Flesher. "We just wanted to finish the first half on a positive note.

"We got the ball into the hands of Jay Green, who's a good athlete with great speed, and he helped change the momentum of the game."

After a scoreless duel that lasted nearly 24 minutes, Enochs was forced to punt and the Patriots set up at their 25 with 16 seconds to play. The by-the-book call was to probably take a knee, head into the locker room for halftime, and regroup.

"I considered it," said Flesher.

But instead of getting conservative and trying to avoid any last-second calamity, Flesher called for the sweep.

"I wouldn't have made the play without my wingback (Paul Fagbamila) and halfback (Derek Sosa)," said the 5-foot-9, 160-pound Green, who finished with 178 yards on 20 carries. "Sosa cracked down on two defenders and opened up a lane. I hit the hole and just ran hard."

Enochs, now 0-5 on the season, couldn't do anything after receiving the kickoff to open the second half. But Beyer (3-2), perhaps buoyed by its strong first-half finish, scored with 7:20 to play in the third quarter on a 3-yard burst by Green. Then, with just 29 seconds elapsed in the fourth quarter, made it 21-0 when sophomore quarterback Nick Trujillo scored on a keeper from the 5. A few minutes later, Fagbamila scored the Patriots' final TD of the evening, from the 11.

"We just made too many mistakes tonight," said Enochs coach James Stacy, whose team was penalized 13 times for 105 yards. "But we'll look at the film over the weekend, put it behind us and get ready for Johansen next week."

Besides the mistakes, the Eagles were playing without the services of five starters — four of them on crutches — including quarterback Shawn Munoz. The senior QB had an MRI exam Friday on his injured left ankle, and the results will determine if he returns to the lineup sooner rather than later.

Starting for Munoz was junior varsity call-up Hunter Terry, a sophomore. Terry, a backup on the JV squad (Stacy didn't want to upset the chemistry being developed at the lower level, so he promoted the backup instead of the starter), connected with Austin Rice on a 46-yard touchdown strike with 4:51 left in the game. Enochs got the ball back minutes later, but any hopes of a comeback were put to rest when Beyer senior DB Josh Peterson picked off a pass at midfield.

"This win means the world to me," said Peterson, after his first victory over an Enochs team. "I had to sit out last season with a fractured elbow ... I can't describe how good I feel right now."

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