GREENFIELD — Greenfield High made a strong statement on Friday night after a 48-13 Homecoming victory over the Marina Mariners in Santa Lucia Divisional play. Bruins running back Jaime Soto had another productive showing, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 214 yards on 21 carries.
“Jaime Soto had a good overall game on offense and on defense,” said Bruins first-year head coach Adam Barsenas. “He ran for three touchdowns and defensively he had a strip sack that led to a defensive touchdown by Andrew Trujillo who recovered the fumble and ran it back 35 yards.”
The game started out on a slow pace for Greenfield as they took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter with a six-yard touchdown run by Soto. An 11-yard TD by Soto and point after attempt by Jose Hernandez built the Bruin lead to 13-0. Just before the halftime Homecoming festivities the Bruins Antonio Chiquito scored on an 11- yard touchdown that put Greenfield up 19-0. A successful PAT by Hernandez sent the Bruins into intermission with a commanding 20-0 lead over the Mariners.
The Bruins kept running the ball in the second half, producing a two-yard scoring run by Christopher Espinoza and a 43-yard scoring run by Chiquito. Hernandez kicked in both PAT attempts as the host team led 34-0 at the end of the third quarter. Soto kept the Bruin offense rolling in the final quarter, sprinting up the field for a 19-yard touchdown. Another Hernandez PAT made the score 41-0 Bruins.
Greenfield scored the last points of the contest when Soto made the strip that set up the score by Hernandez. After the final PAT the Bruins were just minutes away from the 48-0 final that helped them improve to 3-1 in the Santa Lucia Division and 3-4 overall.
Chiquito had one of his most productive games of the season rushing for 134 yards on 10 carries and scoring two touchdowns. Soto played quarterback and completed four of five pass attempts for 58 yards. Alfredo Mendoza led Greenfield with two receptions for 51 yards.
“We have a big test this week Friday at Gonzales because they are playing some awesome football,” said Coach Barsenas. “We need to play with the same intensity as we have the last few weeks.”