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Gar­cia, Acevedo and Al­can­tar all scored rush­ing touch­downs in the se­cond quar­ter from 46, 20 and 24 yards out, re­spec­tively, to close out the half with a 62-0 lead over Ave­nal. The Spar­tans Os­valdo Ibarra was 9-of-10 on PATS.

Strath­more’s final score came from se­nior quar­ter­back Cody Roundtree on a 1-yard keeper that ended the third quar­ter.

“We’re try­ing to win with hu­mil­ity and if and when that happens, we’ll lose with some hu­mil­ity too,” said Black­well. “We got to keep these guys in shape and there’s noth­ing like game shape. We can’t pound the rock with Joseph 30 times a game, it’s just not right.”

For nearly the en­tire game, the Spar­tans’ defense pre­vented the Bucs from get­ting across mid­field or even pick­ing up. Gar­cia, who Black­well puts in on defense to keep him in “game shape” got big hits on Ave­nal’s run­ners and re­ceivers, as well ju­nior line­backer Damian Va­len­cia and se­nior de­fen­sive end An­dres Lara.

Less than five min­utes away from Strath­more’s first shutout of the sea­son, the Bucs finally crossed mid­field and got inside of the Spar­tans’ 20-yard line. From the three-yard line quar­ter­back Ken­neth Vieira scored on a keeper and then hit wide re­ceiver Gabriel Ramirez for a 2-point con­ver­sion.

“I was pretty im­pressed with the se­cond half, the se­cond [string] guys came in and they played pretty tough,” said Black­well. “Ave­nal is strug­gling so I don’t re­ally know what the win means. They’re strug­gling but that’s a tra­di­tional ri­valry for Strath­more, Cal­i­for­nia. We’ve been playing them for a good 60 years.”

Strath­more be­gins East Se­quoia League play Fri­day, Oct 6 at Wood­lake (3-2).

RECORDER PHOTO BY CHIEKO HARA

Strath­more High School’s Lu­cas Raya, right, takes down Ave­nal run­ner Fri­day dur­ing the first half at Spar­tan Sta­dium in Strath­more.

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