By Kevin Wilson
FLOYD — Once fouls stopped being a problem for Floyd, the Broncos were a major problem for the San Jon Coyotes.
Jerrod Long recovered from early foul trouble to lead the Broncos with 15 points, and Floyd moved to .500 early in the season with a 61-30 rout Thursday at Floyd High School.
Long spent a lot of time on the bench for Floyd (1-1), but capitalized on his opportunities with a quick first step.
“Defensively, it hurt us (having Long out) because he’s probably one of our two best defensive players,” Floyd coach Jeff Gillespie said. “Offensively, he’s so quick and he can do so many things, it makes us tougher.”
The Broncos welcomed back senior Chance Chenault, who scored nine in his return from a knee injury he suffered during football season.
Floyd trailed 18-14 early in the second quarter, but started playing an effective trapping defense and put the contest on ice with runs of 13-2 and 8-2 in the period.
The visiting Coyotes (1-1) started off quick offensively, but fizzled down the stretch. San Jon needed the final three quarters of the game just to match its first-quarter production (15).
“They just played hard and we weren’t where we were supposed to be,” San Jon assistant Toby Woods said. Woods was filling in for Al MacMillan, who missed the game due to illness.
Jared Archuleta had a game-high 16 points for San Jon.
Floyd 57, San Jon 41
Darcee Chenault scored 10 of her team-high 16 in the second half, helping the Lady Broncos take an easy victory over the Lady Coyotes.
Floyd (1-1) and San Jon traded runs throughout the first half, as the first period saw a 6-0 Floyd burst followed by a 16-0 San Jon run.
Lady Bronco coach Sean Wootton felt Floyd started to get into a comfort zone in the second quarter.
“I thought we really settled down in the second quarter, used our pressbreakers and got into our halfcourt offense,” Wootton said.
Floyd started the second period with a 9-2 spurt and a 10-0 run to start the third. The Lady Broncos led by as much as 20 in the fourth.
San Jon coach Clair Rachor felt his team wasn’t able to extend its early lead, and Floyd got stronger as the game went on.
“Once we started missing those easy shots (in the second), it just seemed to give Floyd more momentum,” Rachor said. “Once they started their pressbreaker, that was it for us.”
Jessi Barnes was the main offensive option for San Jon, scoring 24 points.
Thursday’s games mark the first of a back-to-back-to-back for the Floyd teams. The Bronco squads travel to Texico tonight and host Mountainair on Saturday.