Josh Perry ran for 239 yards and five touchdowns and fellow senior Nic Trujillo caught three TD passes from quarterback Evan Wysong as the Storm scored the first eight times they had the ball and routed the Hawks, 56-21, Friday night at Lightning Bolt Stadium.
In their past there games, the Storm have scored 61, 52 and 56 points, although the game in which they scored 52, their opponent (Frenship High) put 56 on the scoreboard,..
Early Friday, the Hawks and Storm swapped touchdowns: Perry on a 5-yard run and the Hawks Tyler Stuart hauled in a 21-yard TD pass from quarterback Elliot Pasket-Bell. Those were followed by an 18-yard TD reception by Trujillo and a 30-yard scoring pass from Pasket-Bell to Tristan Cordova, making it 14-all.
Then, after Perry’s 15-yard touchdown run, the Hawks’ would-be tying drive was thwarted when Jeff Bem, the Storm’s placekicker – he added points-after on all eight TDs – intercepted a Pasket-Bell aerial.
Two plays later, Perry went around right end for a 63-yard touchdown run and the Hawks (5-2, 0-1 in 1-5A) never recovered.
Volcano Vista’s next potential scoring drive ended when a field goal was blocked, and Trujillo capped an 8-play, 66-yard drive with a 21-yard TD catch in the final minute before halftime.
Trailing 35-14, the Hawks took the second-half kickoff and drove 75 yards on nine plays, with Christian Rey getting into the end zone on a 2-yard run.
But a mere 57 seconds later, the Storm (5-2, 1-0) responded with a 55-yard scoring pass from Wysong to Trujillo, who even caught a pass thrown by Pasket-Bell, in a rare appearance on defense.
The Storm weren’t done, with Perry scoring the game’s final touchdowns in the third period, on a 1-yard run and a 25-yard gallop.
Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, entirely played with the mercy-rule running clock.
“There’s some wrinkles we’ve been working on,” first-year Storm coach Robert Garza said. “We saved a few things, getting ready for district.”
Inserting Trujillo, for his height and sure hands, on a probable passing down was one of those wrinkles, as was starting many offensive plays with four players in the backfield, often shifting one or two to a slot position.
“We’re excited to have the bye week now,” Garza added. “It’s been a grind for us.”
His team’s next game looms Oct. 14 vs. the improved Atrisco Heritage Academy team at Community Stadium.