The Huffman Falcons scored on their first three possessions of 2015 rolling to a 56-28 win over the Houston Kashmere Rams on Friday night. Huffman has now won seven straight opening games, their last loss coming on August 29, 2008 when Willis defeated them 20-14. The road match-up was an opportunity to see what a young defense would do against the speed and athleticism of Houston Kashmere.
Trailing 21-0 after the first 12 minutes of play, the Rams came back scoring three times in a span of 8:56. Houston’s three scores were sandwiched around another Huffman score as the teams went to locker room. Senior quarterback Cody Gaitan, undefeated on opening night as a starter, opening the game connecting with wide receiver Dylan Lorfing for a 38 yard strike. Two plays later, Cesar Marroquin took it in from the eight yards out and the Falcons had the lead with :41 seconds gone on the play clock. The junior running back would take it in from the 11 on Huffman’s second series and a 14-0 lead. A swing pass to Lorfing accounted for the Falcons final score of the first quarter.
“We had a great start,” said a happy Huffman head coach Mike McEachern following the game. “We got sloppy in the second quarter and they got back in the game.”
Rams quarterback Joshua Lenton led the charge back with his arm and his legs. The Kashmere signal caller raced 39 yards on a broken play into the endzone to put the Rams on the board with three minutes gone in the second quarter. Lenton then drove the Rams on a 70 yard, 6 play drive capped off with a 12 yard touchdown pass to Donzel Green. Folling a Trey Lundy touchdown reception for Huffman, the Rams quarterback was back at it again after Joseph Gay returned Caden Cotter’s kick-off 59 yards to the Huffman 21 yard line with 32 seconds left in the opening half. Lenton needed just two plays to put his team in the endzone again scampering through the heart of the Falcons defense for touchdown. “In te second half we goti it going again,” continued McEachern. The young ones really grew up in this game.” The Falcons young defense came to play in the second half stopping the Rams on their first series and then forcing three turnovers to seal the win. Sophomore defensive back Jacob Hortch fell on a Lenton fumble with :44 seconds left in the third. On the previous series, it was Hortch who stopped Lenton after an eight yard game on 4th and 9 from the Kashmere 43. Following another Marroquin touchdown, Casey Warren recovered Lenton’s second fumble of the night at te Kashmere ten yard line. Dylan orfing took a shuttle pass from Gaitan on an end around for the score and a 49-10 lead. Falcons linebacker Jonathan Bardwell intercepted Lenton on a first and 10 from the Kashmere 49 to give Huffman its third turnover of the half. Four plays later sophomore running back Caeron McMahan rumbled home from nine yards out to Huffman a five score lead.
Ares Garry scored on a five yard strike from Lenton as time expired in a 56-28 Huffman win. Lenton finished the night 10 of 28 for 172 yards and two scored=s through the air. On the ground, the senior rushed for 129 yards and two scores.
Huffman rolled up 496 yards against Kashmere. Gaitan threw for 273 yards and four scores. Marroquin chipped in 122 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Lorfing pulled down eight catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns. The junior wide receiver also threw for a touchdown.
“We were in better condition than them and that’s a testament to this team’s work ethic,” concluded McEachern. “I am just so proud of this team and a well earned win.”