A disastrous start to the 2019 season didn’t kill the Amador High School varsity football team, it only made them stronger.
In Friday’s season opener against Orland in Sutter Creek, Amador turned the ball over four times in the first half before eventually settling down and dominating the visiting Trojans for a 34-10 victory.
“We learned we can deal with adversity,” Amador coach Bill Baker said of his team’s early struggles. “Four turnovers in that short of a period of time … I’ve never seen that in my life. (But), we hung in there, settled in a little bit and at some point it kind of turned for us.”
Trailing 3-0 early in the second quarter, Amador (1-0) finally seemed to shake off its first-game jitters for good. The Buffaloes rode a power run game down the field for their first score, a short touchdown run by junior Miguel Mora that gave them a 7-3 lead at the 5:31 mark of the second quarter.
On its next possession, Amador went airborne to take a 13-3 lead into halftime as junior quarterback Kole Alleyn connected with senior wide receiver Gus Gedney on a 27-yard touchdown pass.
The second half was all Amador as they wore down the Trojans. With touchdowns from Mora, Alleyn and senior Blake Stock, the Buffaloes scored 21 unanswered points after halftime to build a commanding 34-3 lead.
“We played with great energy,” Baker said. “The kids played together well.”
The Buffaloes will hit the road this Friday night to face Liberty Ranch of Galt (1-1).
“We want to get better each week and find a way to beat Liberty Ranch,” Baker said.
In last Friday’s JV game, Amador defeated Orland 22-12 to improve to 2-0 on the season and run its overall winning streak to 14 straight games. No stats were provided.