SACRAMENTO -- Aziz Shittu shook his head and smiled.
The Buhach Colony star did all he could from looking up at the scoreboard and seeing the six lit up next to Christian Brothers. Shittu and his teammates want to see zeroes.
They came close on Saturday as the Thunder defense put together another dominant effort as Buhach Colony crushed the Falcons 63-6 to improve to 3-0.
“We’re trying to play assignment football,” Shittu said. “They don’t score if we all play together. As long as we win the game, that’s all we can hope for.”
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The defensive numbers were impressive.The Thunder forced three first-quarter turnovers, which led to three quick touchdowns. Buhach Colony came up with five turnovers in the game.
Four Christian Brothers players carried the ball. Three of them finished with negative rushing yards and the other zero yards. The Falcons finished with negative 29 yards rushing and negative 25 yards of total offense in the game.Buhach Colony hasn’t given up more than 110 yards in total offense in any of its three games this year.“Hey, that’s pretty impressive,” Thunder coach Kevin Swartwood said. “Coach (Kevin) Navarra and his staff have done a great job three weeks in a row.”
Buhach Colony’s Enrique Covarrubias pounced on a fumble by Christian Brothers running back Austin Hart to give the Thunder offense the ball at the Falcons’ 11-yard line.
Five plays later, BC quarterback Nick Datray scored on a 1-yard sneak. Joe Marquez ran in the two-point conversion to give the Thunder an 8-0 lead with 8 minutes and 18 seconds left in the first quarter.
Another Falcons fumble set up BC at the Christian Brothers 9-yard line on the next possession. Tyler Davis immediately cashed in on the opportunity with a 9-yard touchdown run.
Robbie Garrett then intercepted a pass on Christian Brothers’ next possession. Buhach Colony took over on the Falcons’ 15-yard line and Datray connected with Roger Klauser for a 15-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 21-0 with 4:38 left in the first quarter.
Datray threw a 15-yard strike to Cody McWilliams on BC’s next possession for a touchdown to give the Thunder a 28-0 lead.The only bright spot on the day for Chrisitan Brothers was Jalen Walker’s 99-yard interception return for a touchdown that cut the lead to 28-6 with 3:10 left in the first half.
“I thought we made a lot of mistakes in the first half and I let them know it at halftime,” Swartwood said. “We were hitting the wrong holes, blocking the wrong guys, giving up on our blocks too early. Every single play it seemed like we were making mistakes.”
The Thunder cleaned up their play in the second half, scoring 28 points in the third quarter to open up a 56-6 lead.By the end of the day, nine different Buhach Colony players scored a touchdown.