Prep Football: Mayer tops rival Warriors
MAYER - One year after losing a one-point heartbreaker to its cross-area rival, the Mayer High School football team was out for revenge - big-time.
Despite surrendering 30 points in a wild fourth quarter Friday night at Mathern Field, the Wildcats outlasted the Orme School in a marathon 66-54 victory behind bruising junior running back David Atkerson.
"I knew they were explosive," Mayer coach Rick Lashley said. "We worked our butts off this week. We knew we were going to be in a hard-fought battle."
In the 2010 season opener for both Class 1A programs, Mayer cruised to a 22-0 lead by the 10-minute mark of the second quarter thanks in large part to Atkerson.
Atkerson, who ran for a whopping 296 yards on 48 carries and four touchdowns for the game, simply rolled over the Warriors porous defense. He ran back the opening kickoff 75 yards for his first score, which ultimately gave him 5 TDs for the game.
His 21-yard scoring run with 39 seconds left in the first gave the Wildcats some early momentum. And Atkerson's 2-yard run with just five seconds remaining before halftime propelled Mayer to an upset win on its own turf.
But while Atkerson was lighting up the scoreboard, so was Orme senior tailback Alfonzo Broom, who put on a clinic of his own.
Broom nearly matched Atkerson, rattling off 265 yards on the ground on just 27 carries. Broom also tallied 5 TDs, including scoring runs of 13 and 58 yards in the second quarter that got Orme back in the game.
Trailing 34-21 at the half, Mayer ballooned its advantage to 54-24 by the end of the third quarter.
Late in the third, Orme coach Ricardo Olivares benched struggling senior starting quarterback Trey Sekula with another Trey - JV call-up Trey Fuller.
Fuller, a sure-footed freshman shined in his debut late in the contest, guiding the Warriors on a fourth-quarter comeback that fell just short.
"Sekula's a first-year starter and we missed some reads that we needed to happen for us to move the ball," Olivares said. "He played his heart out."
Although Broom scored two long TD runs of 14 and 48 yards in the last 12 minutes, Fuller tossed a gorgeous 31-yard TD pass over the middle to a wide open Theo Turner that pulled the Warriors within 12 points of Mayer, 66-54, with 3:48 remaining.
However, the Wildcats would ice the win by resorting one last time to its power running game, chewing up the remainder of the clock after taking advantage of a key offsides penalty on 4th-and-4 with 2:23 left. The flag kept Mayer's drive alive and kept Orme from attempting one final comeback in the last two minutes.