After Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath delayed the first two weeks of its season, the Santa Fe Indians mauled the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots, walloping them for the second time in two seasons with a balanced offensive attack, 39-13, Friday night at Joe Raitano Field.
Indian linebacker Michael Moore scooped up an errant backward pass, giving the Indians great field position early in the game and offensive teammate Bryce Montemayor capped off the short drive with an 8-yard touchdown.
Santa Fe kicker Kenneth Williams added the extra point and the Indians took an early 7-0 lead.
On the next offensive possession, Indians quarterback Nathan Kruger hooked up with tight end Josh Blankenship on back-to-back passes totaling 42 yards, to set up Montemayor with another touchdown, and a 14-0 lead with 2:43 left in the first quarter.
Indian special teams forced a safety on the ensuing kickoff, pushing the lead to 16-0.
The defense racked up another safety with a sack of the quarterback and led 18-0 with 9:57 left in the second quarter.
The Patriots finally answered when running back B.J. Peterson scampered for a score from 41 yards out, to cut the lead to 18-6.
Kruger drove the Indians back down the field, completing five passes with the last one to Cayge Abbot for a 4-yard touchdown, leading to a 25-6 lead with 5:39 left in the second quarter.
Kruger carved up the Patriots again, finding Blankenship on a fade from 1 yard out for a 32-6 lead just before the half.
Kruger added one last touchdown late in the third quarter finding Abbot again for a 39-6 lead.
In one of the best offensive performances in recent memory, the Indians totaled 470 yards of offense (224 rushing 246 passing).
Kruger went 19 of 31, for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Montemayor totaled 120 yards on carries and two touchdowns, and Blankenship hauled in eight catches for 111 yards, and a touchdown.
The speedy Austin Lamb supported the attack with 125 total yards.
The Indians defense was in the Patriots back field all night, totaling well beyond double digits with plays behind the line of scrimmage, holding the Patriots to 206 total yards.
The Indians now 1-0 on the season play host to Northbrook High School Friday at 7 p.m.