Excel Christian and Coleville posted some unbelievable numbers when the dust settled in their contest Saturday in Sparks. The Warriors won a shootout 98-68 in a game that featured a ton of offense and little defense.
The game was mostly a battle of running backs. Excel’s Jeshua Fixel carried the ball just 13 times but racked up gaudy 345 yards and six touchdowns. Wolves senior Andrew Robles wasn’t far behind, scoring six touchdowns of his own on 21 carries for and 253 yards.
Five Warriors ran the ball into the end zone, including Kaleb Denson who rushed for two touchdowns and also caught a third from Ben Brown. Jesus Chavez, Kobe Spurlock, and Trever Denson each recorded a score for the home team.
It was Fixel though that was the star of the game. The junior posted 501 all-purpose yards, 140 them on kick returns. He also starred on defense with 19 tackles, two sacks, and an interception.
The Wolves were able to jump out to an early 14-6 lead in the first quarter before both offenses took off. Excel outscored Coleville 42-28 in the second quarter alone, and each team scored 28 points in the third quarter.
The 98 points were the most recorded in a game in school history. The win also moved Excel (4-2, 2-2) up to fourth in the 1A Northern West standings.
The team travels to Smith Valley (4-2, 2-2) Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Sparks suffered its third consecutive blowout loss in as many weeks, the latest a 50-7 defeat to Truckee at home Friday night.
Wolverines quarterback Marcus Bellon only completed nine passes on the night but made them count. The junior connected on four touchdowns and had a total of 154 yards in the air.
The Railroaders were able to keep the game close early on, but a second-quarter surge saw Truckee take a commanding 28-7 lead into the half.
While there weren’t many bright spots for the home team defensively, the offense had a couple. Senior running back Jorge Dominguez carried the ball 18 times for 107 yards while quarterback Vashisth Patel racked up 73 yards on the ground with a touchdown. The senior also completed seven of nine pass attempts.
The loss dropped Sparks (2-5, 2-4) into sixth place in the 3A Northern Conference. They will look to snap their skid in Fallon Friday night when they take on Churchill County at 7 p.m.