The Orrick Bearcats continued their steamroll through the high school football schedule with a 50-0 clobbering of the Santa Fe Chiefs Friday night.
Aaron Blyth again shredded an opposing defense with 137 yards and three touchdowns.
Blyth and the Bearcat offense wasted no time moving the ball down the field with Blyth capping off a 58-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown run. Blyth would also add the two-point conversion.
The Chiefs would gain a little momentum by gaining a first down on their first play of the ensuing drive. The Bearcat defense snubbed out the fire when Logan Eubank recovered a fumble on the Bearcat 40-yard line. Blyth would waste no time capitalizing on the mistake by taking the football 60 yards for the touchdown on the next play.
The most electrifying play however, came on a 52 yard play that Blyth didn’t find the end zone but did get it down to the Chiefs’ 15 yard line. Blyth broke about three tackles on the play and made a spin move that would have made Barry Sanders blush.
“He gets in the open field and he’s hard to bring down,” said Orrick Head Coach Pat Richard. “He freezes people. He so good with his hips that if you miss him, he’s gone.”
Kalija Rogers also had a break out game offensively, defensively and on special teams. Rogers blocked a punt that was eventually recovered for a touchdown by Matt O’Dell.
“Blyth just shoved me in the back and I got my hands up and got the block,” Rogers said.
Rogers had 97 yards on the ground and two touchdowns including a 61-yard rumble.
The Bearcat offense rolled out a wrinkle as well. The Bearcats have passed only six times combined in their first three games. Friday night the Bearcats matched their season total including five in a row. Quarterback Joe Kaufman said it’s nice to throw the ball, but the team had not worked on it much.
“I feel that our offense is good enough that we don’t have to throw,” he said. “But I think we proved tonight that if we need to throw we can.”
Richard said the game gave the team a good chance to work on its two-minute offense before stiffer competition arrives. Richard said he is confident in Kaufman, but doesn’t want other teams to see a lot from his offense.
“We need to work on our two minute offense anyway and it was good timing,” Richard said. “Joe can throw the ball. If Joe’s at another high school he’s throwing the ball 20 times and looking like an all-state kid. When we need him to throw it he can do it.
“We’re trying to keep our tendencies all the same right now, so when people get our film they’re locked into those tendencies,” he added. “When we play someone we think can stop us we’ll do it.”
The Chief’s offense couldn’t get anything going against the Bearcat defense. The Chiefs finished the game with only 103 yards of offense and only 16 yards on the ground. He said his defense’s play allowed the offense to control the game.
“If somebody’s going to throw against us they’re going to have to do it quick. Our kids do a good job in pass defense of understanding that and getting out in their zones,” Richard said about his team’s pass rush. “I thought we did a good job up front of controlling them. We took what they gave us.”
Photo: Santa Fe defenders couldn’t get a handle on Orrick’s Aaron Blyth on a 60 yard touchdown run in the first quarter Friday night. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)