Alfredo Muratalla didn’t waste time setting the tone for Mendota, as he took a handoff on the first play from scrimmage 65 yards for a touchdown.
That’s how the night went for Avenal, as the Aztecs handed the Buccaneers a 63-6 beating on Friday in Mendota.
“We capitalized on some of their mistakes, play hard and got the job done tonight,” Mendota head coach Mike Daniel said.
The Aztecs amassed 388 yards of offense — all rushing. Rafael Cervantes led the way, with five carries for 100 yards one touchdown. He was followed by Muratalla with 96 yards and two touchdowns, Omar Cisneros with 94 yards and two touchdowns, Estefan Velasco with 62 yards and a touchdown and Oscar Navarro with 30 yards and a touchdown.
Mendota averaged 19.4 yards per carry as a team.
“We definitely controlled the line of scrimmage tonight and I don’t think any of our plays went for negative yardage,” Daniel said. “One big thing we did this week is that we cut down on our penalties. I don’t think we had one penalty against us tonight.”
Jose Navarro also scored for Mendota and the Aztecs recorded a safety.
For Avenal, Rafael Lopez scored on a 60-yard run, but ended the night with 55 yards rushing.
Kaleo Lopez led the Buccaneers with 66 yards rushing and one reception for one yard.
Avenal had 121 yards of total offense.
Next week Mendota travels to Orange Cove to take on the Titans, which could have Division VI playoff implications riding on it.