The East Jefferson Warriors secured a decisive 27-8 victory over the Salmen Spartans on Saturday night at Joe Yenni Stadium. The game was delayed nearly 100 minutes because of a lightning late in the second quarter.
“We just let (our guys) relax and talked to them,” Warriors coach Mark Martin said on keeping his team focused during the delay. “We went over some things with them and told them what they had to do. They were ready to play.”
East Jefferson’s early drives stalled. That seemed to continue after back-to-back false start penalties pushed them back to first- and-20. However, Delven Davis connected with his twin brother Delren on a 42-yard pass to set up first-and-goal from the Salmen 6. Malcolm Robinson punched it in on the next play to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead. Robinson finished with 86 yards and two scores.
After a botched punt by Salmen gave East Jefferson the ball at midfield, the Warriors struck again. Zach Wiedow ran in from 20 yards out to put the Warriors up 14-0.
Salmen got on the board late in the second quarter when Jeremy Hudson tackled Gerard Walker in the end zone for a safety. That seemed to give the Spartans a spark, as L.J. Leonard hit Josh Rodriguez on a 33-yard touchdown pass after the lightning delay. Rodriguez took advantage of a breakdown in coverage and escaped into the open field to make the catch in the end zone.
“(Our defender) said the quarterback looked one way, and he broke the wrong way,” Martin said.
East Jefferson came on strong again, however. They scored two more touchdowns before the end of the third quarter to take a 19- point lead.
EJ: Robinson 6 run (Park kick)
EJ: Wiedow 20 run (Park kick)
Sal: Wiedow tackled in end zone
Sal: Rodriguez 33 pass from Leonard. (kick failed)
EJ: Robinson 2 run. (Park kick)
EJ: Edwards 1 run (kick blocked)