October 19, 2010 > Broncos trample Bears
Broncos trample Bears
By Kevin Yin
Photo by Mike Heightchew
If ever there was a game that demonstrated the efficacy of mercy rules, this one was it.
In Fremont Football League action on Saturday morning, Oct. 16, the Broncos defeated the Bears 66-14. The game was stopped at the end of the third quarter on account of the league's mercy rule.
It was evident right at the outset that it would be a rough morning for the Bears. On the opening kickoff, the Broncos executed a perfect on-side kick, recovering the ball at the Bears 30 yard line. Then, on their first play from scrimmage, the Broncos scored on a 30 yard stretch run to the right by Brycen Carbonel. The successful two-point conversion made the score 8-0 just nine seconds into the game. Things only went downhill for the Bears from there.
The Bears fumbled on each of their first two offensive possessions, with the Broncos recovering both and capitalizing on both turnovers be scoring touchdowns. Just three minutes into the game, the score was 24-0.
On their next possession, the Bears turned the ball over on downs at the Bronco's 32 yard line. Broncos quarterback Jordan Montoya then hit Kaleen Abubakari on a slant route that Abubakari advanced 40 yards to the Bears' 8 yard line. Bears running back Devin Hurtado scored on the next play on an eight-yard, off-tackle run, and the ensuing two point conversion made the score 32-0 with 6:08 still remaining in the first period.
Bears quarterback Chris Pohndorf was intercepted at the Bears 33 yard line on their next drive, setting up the most sensational of the Broncos many scores on the day.
The Broncos ran Hurtado on a sweep around the right, but the Bears defense seemed to have the play. Hurtado quickly disabused them of that notion, breaking two tackles, and then bouncing right off a horde of Bears defenders trying to bring him down. Hurtado then dashed to the near empty left side of the field, stiff-arming the only remaining Bears defender between him and the end zone, bringing the lead to 40-0 as the first quarter came to a close.
The rest of the game seemed to be merely a formality. The Bears managed to get on the board after Pohndorf hit wide receiver Danny Casa on quick slant that Casa ran all the way to the Broncos' 1 yard line. Pohndorf scored on a quarterback keeper on the next play, but the two point conversion failed, making the score 40-6. Later in the second half, Pohndorf hit Justin Binderup on a long pass play for the Bears' second score.
Hurtado finished the game with three rushing touchdowns. Carbonel scored two touchdowns, one on a run, and another on a 30 yard fumble return. Montoya didn't manage to score, but he was effective on the few pass plays the Broncos ran, hitting receivers with sharp, accurate passes.
After the game, Broncos head coach Jamie Cruz praised the play of his talented playmakers.
"They're good players. They're coachable, they work hard, they're just tough," Cruz said. "What can you do? They've got talent."
Cruz also spoke about one of the few drawbacks of having so many gifted athletes on one team: the logistics of getting them all involved.
"I try to spread the ball out to everybody," Cruz said. "That's the hardest part of my job, getting the ball to every player. I just do the best I can."
With the win, the Broncos improve their record to a division-best 5-1. The Bears fall to 2-4. Next Saturday, the Bears face the Patriots, while the Broncos take on the Jets.