By JERRY WAGGONER
Special to The Eagle
SOMERVILLE -- The Ganado Indians, who had a week to work on stopping Somerville, used two pass interceptions and two fumble recoveries to help themselves to a 30-6 victory over the Yeguas on Friday night at Yegua Field.
Both teams were playing their District 27-A opener after dropping down from 2A. Ganado (4-1, 1-0) had more size up front, a factor that was too large for the Yeguas (3-2, 0-1) to overcome.
The speedy first quarter ended without any scoring, as both teams kept the ball on the ground most of the time. The Yeguas had the best chance to score on their opening drive. With quarterback Cody Holliday running the ball almost every play, Somerville moved to the Ganado 10-yard line. The Yeguas then stalled, and a fourth-down pass fell incomplete.
The seams began to stretch for Somerville in the second period. Holliday fumbled and Ganado's Donovan Foster returned it 12 yards to the Yegua 25. Roy Sophus picked up 23 yards in one play and scored from the 1 a play later. Julio Ramos kicked the first of his four extra points with 2:44 left in the first half.
The die was cast a few seconds later when Somerville fumbled on the kickoff. Ganado's Ross Rankowitz recovered at the Yegua 27, and the Indians scored four plays later when Sophus got into the end zone on the last of his four rushes on the drive.
Trailing 14-0, Somerville tried to get back into the game to start the second half. The Yeguas drove 60 yards in eight plays, with Holliday scoring from 3 yards out. However, Ganado blocked the extra-point attempt and Josh Labay returned it 95 yards for two points and a 16-6 lead.
On the ensuing possession, Ganado marched 55 yards in just six plays, scoring on a 28-yard pass from Donovan Foster to Jason Staff.
The final touchdown came as the result of an interception. Holliday's pass was tipped by the receiver and intercepted by Smith, who returned it 50 yards to the Yegua 40. Ganado scored six plays later, with Smith going in from 18 yards out.
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