For the second straight week, the John Ehret Patriots came to the north shore to play a non-district game.
Both ended in decisive victories, but in Friday’s game against Salmen, Ehret may have outdone itself.
The Patriots scored seven first-half touchdowns, substituted liberally in the second half, and won 49-0 at Salmen.
Ehret (3-1) outdistanced Salmen on offense 295-37 in the first half, had two sacks in the half, recovered three fumbles, and returned a punt for a touchdown.
It was a mismatch from the start, and Salmen (0-4) did little to help itself with miscues on offense, defense and especially on special teams.
Three of Ehret’s first four kicks to the Spartans resulted in fumbles or takeaways, and the Patriots made Salmen pay each time.
“We’ve played Salmen here at numerous times in the past, and coach (Jerry) Leonard always has good teams,” Ehret coach Corey Lambert said. “It’s just one of those years … But our kids, we told them not to take this team for granted. And they didn’t.”
Ehret’s main threat was quarterback Caron Baham, who rushed 10 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, before giving way to the second team in the second half.
“We executed what we’ve been doing in practice,” Baham said. “I’m probably one of the fastest kids in the state, so I have to use my speed to my advantage.”
Salmen gave the ball up on a muffed kickoff return to open the game, and after trailing 7-0, their first possession went nowhere.
Ehret then took over with 7:27 to go in the first quarter at its own 5-yard line.
The Patriots proceeded to drive the length of the field — capping a 12-play drive with a 1-yard run by Travis Jordan. Dustin Bodden kicked the second of his seven first-half PATs.
Juwan Leonard added a 1-yard run with 1:34 to go in the opening quarter as well.
That’s when the Ehret offense really came untracked. Baham ran 41 yards for a score and later in the quarter, he tossed back to Dejon Harris, who threw a 24-yard halfback pass to Tyron Williams. Baham ran for two more scores in the quarter (from 36 and 31 yards, and went untouched into the end zone on both plays.)
Isiah Williams added a 65-yard punt return up the right sideline with 5:19 to go in the half.
Baham finished with 206 yards of total offense.
“I give them a lot of credit, but how many ways can we find to hurt ourselves?” Salmen coach Jerry Leonard said. “You can’t beat a bad ball team making mistakes like we did, much less a good one.”
Salmen finished with 61 yards of offense.