WELLS – The Wells football sent off its seniors the right way Thursday night.
On senior night, the Leopards rolled to a 42-0 lead and cruised to a 62-6 victory over Owyhee in a Division 1A Northern-East contest.
Wells found the board early, junior Sergio Soriano opening a 6-0 lead with a one-yard run with 10:28 remaining in the first quarter.
With 9:13 on the clock, the Wells defense turned into its offense – sophomore Riley Stewart intercepting a pass and taking the return back 45 yards for a pick-six.
The scoring in the opening frame closed with 2:33 remaining, senior quarterback Zane Rodriguez connecting with senior Enrique Aguilar for a 72-yard catch and run.
The conversion was added by senior lineman Steven Hernandez for a 20-0 lead.
Wells really posted an offensive onslaught in the second frame.
A 49-yard pass from Rodriguez to Aguilar, followed by a conversion by senior lineman Garrett Carter, opened a 28-0 lead with 11:42 remaining in the half.
The Leopards needed less than a minute and half to strike again.
A seven-yard TD rush by Aguilar and a pass from Rodriguez to freshman Chris Franco extended the advantage to 36-0 with 10:20 on the clock.
Rodriguez and Franco hooked up once more, this time for a big-gainer.
An 89-yard passing TD gave Wells a 42-0 lead with 6:52 remaining in the second quarter.
Owyhee mounted its only points of the ballgame at the 3:36 mark of the second, senior Ramon Cordova Jr. running 15 yards to paydirt.
With the score at 42-6, the Leopards cashed in just before the break.
A 49-yard touchdown run by Rodriguez opened a 48-6 lead with 15 seconds remaining in the half.
With 8:55 remaining in the third quarter of the running-clock ballgame, Franco darted in from 12 yards.
Rodriguez went from the throwing the football to catching it, hauling in the conversion from Stewart.
The final tack was driven with 3:50 remaining in the contest, Stewart using his legs for a nine-yard touchdown run.
Final tally, Wells 62 – Owyhee 6.
The Leopards improved to 3-1 in league play, dropping the Braves to an inverse 1-3 in the Division 3A North.
Rodriguez accounted for four touchdowns, completing 6-of-12 passes for 229 yards for three touchdowns, rushing for another score – carrying just three times for 94 yards.
Aguilar tallied three touchdowns, catching three passes for 128 yards with two TDs – rushing six times for 58 yards and another score.
Franco scored twice for the Leopards, reeling in two passes for 92 yards – including an 89-yard touchdown – rushing four times for 24 yards and a TD.
Stewart and Soriano each rushed for a score, Stewart’s INT return accounting for the Leopards’ other touchdown.
Wells amassed 493 yards of total offense.
Junior Gage Johnson had a great game for the Braves, rushing for 115 yards on 12 carries.
Cordova Jr. carried twice for 11 yards and scored Owyhee’s lone touchdown of the contest.
Owyhee’s passing game was shredded by the Wells defense, which came away with five interceptions: one each by Rodriguez, Stewart, junior Jared Martinez, Soriano and Aguilar.
The Leopards finished with seven takeaways; Martinez and freshman Lucas Peavey each recovering a fumble.
For the Braves, freshman Micha Johnson also recovered a fumble.
Soriano led the Leopards with 14 tackles with six solo, followed by 10 stops (five solo) by Aguilar.
Cordova Jr. topped Owyhee’s defense with seven tackles, followed by six stuffs apiece by sophomore Sequoia Roubideaux and senior Chance McKinney.
Wells will travel for a rivalry game with a spot to the playoffs on the line, playing at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Carlin (2-1 in league).
The Railroaders are looking for a 3-1 start in league play at 1 p.m. Saturday, at winless McDermitt (0-3 in league).
The Braves will host undefeated Eureka (3-0 in league) to close the season at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in Owyhee.