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Miami shuts out San Carlos in Homecoming game

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 9th, 2012


Fil Butierez/ Arizona Silver Belt
The Miami Vandals played a powerful Homecoming game on Friday, taking the win 46-0.
Miami — On Friday, Oct. 5 the Miami Vandals took the field against the San Carlos Braves for Miami’s Homecoming. For some, this was the last Homecoming game of their high school careers and for these students, as well as their younger teammates, it was a night to be remembered as the Vandals took the victory with an incredible 46-0 score.

First, the Homecoming floats were judged and announced. This year’s theme was Disney movies, and the students undoubtedly put in a lot of hard work. In first place were the seniors with Lion King, followed by the juniors with Tarzan, the freshman in third with Mickey Mouse, and finally the sophomores with “Finding Nemo.”

After the floats were announced, it was time for the game to begin. Both teams showed great promise from the start, but the Vandals immediately turned up the heat on their opponents. After a fumble from the Vandals, which was recovered by the Braves, Miami took back control of the game with a 50-yard pass from quarterback Gabriel Bejarano to Shane Melcher for the first touchdown of the game.

Less than five minutes later, Aaron Hockaday got a touchdown of his own after San Carlos fumbled the ball. The Braves tried to come together a little more after this, especially quarterback CJ Dalmacio, who attempted a few runs up the middle but to no avail. On the next Vandal possession, Anthony Torrez ran for a 40-yard touchdown, then another incredible pass of 41 yards from Bejarano to Melcher brought another touchdown for the Vandals.

In the second half both teams saw some injuries, including both starting quarterbacks. Dalmacio from San Carlos was first to fall, followed by Bejarano. Anthony Torrez stepped in as Miami’s quarterback and did another superb job, running for a 50-yard touchdown shortly after being sent in for his teammate.

Though the Vandals took the win, San Carlos walked out of Ragus Stadium with their heads held high. The Vandals of course were overjoyed with the victory, especially Head Coach Jeremiah Johnson, who could barely contain his excitement. At halftime, the Homecoming King and Queen were announced. This year’s king was Vandal starter Billy Tower and the queen was Rebecca Mawson. After high school, Billy wishes to get a degree in mechanics and continue playing football and the lovely queen is shooting for being the CEO of Subway.

The “M” at the field was lit on fire as the Vandals returned to the field to finish out the game.

King Billy Tower was more than happy to speak to the Silver Belt, saying: “I’m very glad to be part of this win and even more glad to be king. It was a little shaky at first, but we pulled through.”

Aaron Hockaday said, “We’ve come a long way and tonight we all gave 110 percent and that is why I think we took the win.”

Coach Johnson, after congratulating his team, told the Silver Belt: “I think San Carlos played with a lot of heart; they came out and really tried and they did a great job, but our boys had heart, too, and I’m very proud of them. They’ve worked incredibly hard for this and they deserve it. We’d also like to thank Jerry Cano for lighting the ‘M’ for us.”

The Vandals will be on the road for their next game on Oct. 12 against Morenci, then will travel to Florence on the 19th and then will be home against Willcox on the 26th.

Congratulations Miami, on a job well done with your Homecoming.





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