Originally Published: October 20, 2017 11:52 p.m.
For the second straight fall, Mayer’s football team has bowed out in the first round of the 1A State Tournament.
No. 12 seed Salome upset the fifth-seeded Wildcats, 72-42, in a clash between 1A West region foes Friday night at Mathern Field in Spring Valley.
Mayer finished an otherwise stellar season with an 8-2 record, while the Frogs improved to 5-4. The Wildcats had defeated Salome, 36-14, in their regular-season region clash Sept. 15 on the road.
However, the Frogs came prepared for the playoffs, avenging that setback by executing a few big plays.
Mayer struggled in the second half after losing star fullback Dacodah Jensen to a foot injury on the second play of the half. Standout quarterback Dylan Wilhide also had to exit the game late due to a concussion, second-year coach Mike Gutierrez said. “Injury bug bit us tonight,” he added.
Salome will travel to defending 1A state runner-up and fourth-seeded Williams Saturday, Oct. 28, for a 6 p.m. kickoff in the quarterfinals. Williams, as one of the Top 4 seeds, received an opening-round bye this week.