By ROBERT S. MERRILL
The Preston Indians suffered one of their worst losses in recent memory Friday night at the hands of the Minico Spartans. The Tribe lost 61-28 in an away game.
The Spartans unleashed a potent offense early and often, scoring three quick touchdowns in the opening minutes of the game and were off to the races. The Indians never recovered, much.
The halftime score was 40-14. Early in the fourth quarter the score was 61-21. Preston managed a late touchdown. Tyson Lumbreras had two touchdown runs for the Indians.
Head Coach Shawn Marlow said his team had a rough night at Minico and knew going into it the Spartans were going to be a very good team.
“They were every bit as good as we thought. They have a phenomenal running game, and they really had us on our heels all night long. We really never had an answer to stop them. We tried to be sound inside and outside, but when we focused on one they would hit us with the opposite.”
Marlow said they were a physical team, too. “We had two players knocked out with pretty good concussions. Baker Ward, our quarterback, and wide receiver/defensive back, Wyatt Christensen went down.”
“We have an open date this week and it couldn’t come at a better time. We need to heal and address some issues this week in our practices. We still have two top-five, undefeated teams coming up. We need to get a lot better in the next two weeks in practice.
“Even though we have started out rather rough, we still have everything in front of us to play for. Right now we do have to do some soul-searching, dig a little deeper, and keep working to improve.
The Indians travel to Hillcrest Friday, Sept. 30.
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