MAYFLOWER — Mayflower continued its undefeated season Friday night in a 60-0 rout against the Rose Bud Ramblers, previ0usly unbeaten in 3-2A play.
"It’s not me, it’s the players," Eagles coach Todd Langrell said. "They have a burning desire to win, and they’re really hungry. We have a great coaching staff. Our offensive and defensive coordinators do a good job getting the team ready. I give them the credit."
It didn’t take long for the Mayflower (6-0, 3-0 2-3A) to score with a safety when Ramblers (4-2, 2-1 2-3A) quarterback Levi Balentine was sacked in his end zone by the Eagles’ defensive end Jordan Teas with fewer than four minutes into the game.
Not long after the kickoff, Mayflower running back Deon Simmons ran for a 12-yard touchdown, making the score 8-0 with 7:44 left in the first quarter. The Eagles added to their lead at the 6:00 mark with a 15-yard run by Simmons.
After forcing the Ramblers to a three-and-out, Deon’s twin, Keon, returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown, making the score 22-0 with 3:57 left. After Keon intercepted Balentine, Deon ran 30-yards for a touchdown, making the score 29-0 prior to the end of the first quarter. Mayflower put the game under the mercy rule for the second half when quarterback Sean Harris connected with Deon for a 28-yard touchdown, making the score 36-0.
On its next possession, Rose Bud’s punt was blocked by noseguard Riley Naylor, and then Tyler Farris returned the blocked kick for a touchdown, making the score 43-0 with 8:57 left in the first half. Mayflower once again added to their score before halftime with a 38-yard run by Keon.
With a 50-0 lead at halftime, the reserves came in for the Eagles, but that didn’t stop them from scoring when running back Tayshun Mattison ran 50 yards for a touchdown with 10:38 left in the third quarter. Kicker Houston Cochran added a 34-yard field goal with 11:11 left in the game, bringing the score to its final of 60-0.
For the game, Mayflower ran for 352 yards, which Langrell credited to the offensive line.
"Those linemen don’t get their name called out all the time," he said. "If they give a little crease, which they do and they have been doing for Keon and Deon [Simmons], they are going to take it to the house."
Deon finished the game with 133 yards rushing and three touchdowns on seven attempts.He also caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. Keon ran for 76 yards and one touchdown on four attempts.
By contrast, the Ramblers generated just 133 yards of total offense.
"The defense is playing well and flying to the football," Langrell said. "We’re trying to get 11 hats on the ball. It wasn’t just a defensive effort. I thought we had a great game all around. Our special teams and punt return teams returned balls for touchdowns. Right now, this team is something to be reckoned with."
Despite being 6-0 after a lopsided victory, Langrell said the team has a few things to work on before its matchup Oct. 13 against 3-3, 1-2 2-3A Harding Academy.
"One good thing is we have everyone healthy," he said. "We’re going in with momentum being 6-0. I think that’s a good thing. We have to work on things we haven’t been able to do just yet. We went up a little different defense that we haven’t seen, so it’s good to go up against that."