By Kevin Wilson
For eight days, Portales Junior High School was a second home for the Floyd Broncos. For two games, it was a bad time to be playing against the Broncos.
One week after routing Lazbuddie in their home opener/homecoming game, the Broncos handily beat Bethel Christian 56-6 in their home finale Saturday afternoon at PJHS Field.
Floyd (3-1) ended its two-game homestand with two wins via the 45-point mercy rule, with a combined margin of 118-20.
The outcome of Saturday’s game became obvious seven minutes in, as Floyd had stopped the Knights (2-2) on all three of their drives and scored three touchdowns on four offensive plays.
In total, the Broncos ran 24 plays on offense and scored on all eight of their drives, capped off by Manny Carrillo’s 38-yard run with 5:30 left in the third quarter.
“We ran the ball pretty well,” Bronco coach Jeff Gillespie said. “We were able to get the ball outside. We had some guys step up and play big today.”
Senior quarterback Chance Chenault accounted for the majority of Floyd’s offense with 217 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He also passed for 129 yards and four touchdowns.
Chenault started things off with a 62-yard touchdown run on the Broncos’ first offensive play, and added scoring runs of 56 and 63 yards. He found Ryan Kropf twice for touchdowns, including a 51-yarder on a fourth-down play.
Carrillo scored a running and a rushing touchdown, while Jonathon Mitchell had a 30-yard interception return to set up a first-quarter touchdown and a 5-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
Bethel Christian, an El Paso-based school, managed only 114 yards of offense in a game that coach Jay Kersey felt was a sub-par effort.
“We definitely played without any heart today,” said Kersey, whose team travels to Animas next week. “We need to get touch and we need to work on our tackling skills.”
The Knights were led by Sam Manghane with 74 yards rushing, and tight end Steve Schumacher had a 26-yard run for Bethel Christian’s lone score in the second quarter.
The Broncos, meanwhile, resume their road schedule. Floyd travels to Tatum on Friday and will be a heavy underdog against the Coyotes, a senior-laden team that is a popular pick to win the state championship.
“We’ve got our work cut out next week, let’s just put it that way,” Gillespie said. “We’re going to have to play extremely well just to stay on the field with them.”