By ROBERT S. MERRILL
It’s been a repeat performance now for three weeks in a row for the Preston Indians. But it’s not the kind of performance the young team wants to continue. A flat first quarter gave the momentum to the Minico Spartans who scored on its first two possessions and gave them a 54-34 win, spoiling Preston’s homecoming.
Preston head coach Nick Hyde described the opening minutes of the game as “just awful” for his team.
Minico scored on its first two possessions of the game taking a quick 13-0 lead. It was the third week in a row Preston let its opponents score on their first two possessions. The Spartans, now 4-2, never let down and cruised to the finish.
The Indians, once they got started, racked up enough offense to win the game, but it couldn’t overcome the early deficit. Preston racked up 555 yards of total offense.
Leading the charge for the Indians again was star runningback Tyson Lumbreras who carried the ball 24 times and 259 yards. He scored two touchdowns on runs of 31 and 78 yards.
Tate Johnson had a good night with 74 yards receiving and another 68 yards on the ground. Sophomore quarterback Derek Fryar also had a good outing throwing for three touchdowns and going 10-15 through the air. His favorite target was Kade Cole, who caught five and ended with the three scores.
Hyde said his team has got to learn to come out and play with confidence at the start of each game.
“We’re still a young team that’s learning and growing. This was our best offensive performance of the year, by far. We have got to continue to learn from our mistakes and build on what we’ve done,” he said.
The Indians travel to Rigby this Friday for a 7 p.m. game against the winless Trojans.
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