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ROUNDUP: Williams, Powell fuel Eagles’ fast-break offense in win over Knights

Eight-man football sometimes has a basketball feel in high-scoring games, especially when played on a true 80-yard field.

It’s safe to say Spring Mountain has an effective fast break.

Meiyako Williams threw five touchdown passes, and Price Powell rushed for four TDs to lead the Eagles to an 80-40 home win over Round Mountain on Friday in a Class 1A Southern League contest.
Spring Mountain (6-0, 4-0 1A Southern) has the inside track for a home opener in the 1A state playoffs.

“We’re definitely looking to get a home playoff game up here,” Eagles coach Aaron Masden said. “It just goes back to the hard work that (Williams) and the rest of the boys do in practice, taking direction and coaching very well.”

If the Eagles continue scoring at this rate, Masden might want to issue a friendly challenge to boys basketball coach Ed Cheltenham as to whose team can average more points this year.

Spring Mountain, which posted 641 yards of offense Friday, is averaging 63.7 points.

Williams completed 13 of 19 passes for 255 yards and five TDs without throwing an interception. The junior also ran for 124 yards and a score on 14 carries.

“He’s pretty much unstoppable,” Powell said of Williams. “Meiyako can run the ball, and if somebody gets through the line, he can pitch the ball to me or throw to Leroy (Freeman).”

Powell also seemed unstoppable, rushing for 159 yards on 14 carries. He scored on runs of 17, 5, 10 and 39 yards.

“We need to have a lot of different weapons to get after people, and (Powell) stepping up the past several weeks is huge,” Masden said. “He has confidence in his speed, and it shows.”

Round Mountain (3-3, 1-2) lost a fumble on the opening kickoff return, and Spring Mountain needed only four plays to score on a 17-yard run by Powell. Williams ran in the ensuing 2-point conversion, and the Eagles led the rest of the way.

Freeman had four receptions for 127 yards, including TD catches of 35, 24 and 61.

Christopher Munro caught four passes for 84 yards and a TD for Spring Mountain, and Jaytraveonte Davis had four catches for 35 yards and a score.

“Freeman, Davis and Munro are all great passing targets, and these guys just keep working hard and getting after it,” Masden said. “They’re really putting it together.”

Junior running back Mitchell Doheney led Round Mountain with 103 yards and two TDs on eight carries.

Junior quarterback Serjio Chavez rushed 18 times for 86 yards and two TDs, and junior fullback Jake Smith added 64 yards and two scores on nine carries.

Laughlin 38, Calvary Chapel 14 — At Laughlin, Corey Beggs threw two TD passes to Jimmy Minnier and ran for a score to lead the Cougars (5-1, 3-1 2A Southern) past the Lions (2-4, 0-4).

Jackson Walton returned a blocked punt for a TD for Laughlin, which led 26-0 at halftime.

Lincoln County 34, Needles 8 — At Needles, Calif., the Lynx (2-4, 2-2 2A Southern) routed the Mustangs (0-6, 0-4).

Jason Nevarrov ran for a TD for Needles.

Beatty 42, Sandy Valley 17 — At Beatty, Brandon Villanueva ran for two touchdowns and Dakota Dawson had one TD both rushing and receiving from Jacob Zamora as the Hornets (3-2, 2-2 1A Southern) routed the Sidewinders (1-4, 0-3).

Sandy Valley’s Randal Spencer scored a rushing TD, and Brandon Hughes caught a TD pass.

Tonopah 28, Indian Springs 12 — At Indian Springs, the Muckers (3-3, 2-1 1A Southern) returned a fumble for a touchdown on their way to a 21-12 halftime lead and held on to beat the Thunderbirds (2-4, 0-4).

Indian Springs’ Devin Jackson rushed for 114 yards and one TD on 14 carries, and Xavier Pena caught three passes for 19 yards and a score.

Indian Springs’ Troy Heath passed for 126 yards. Garrett Edwards had four receptions for 58 yards for the Thunderbirds, and Dominic Morgando had four catches for 47 yards.

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