Abbotsford’s annual homecoming football game looked more like a track meet as the Falcons rushed the ball early and often in downing visiting Newman Catholic 48-22.
Senior running back Tony Aguilera had a night for the record books, as he gained 310 yards on 24 carries. The 5-foot-7, 170-pound wrecking ball had rushes of 24, 27, 38 and 56 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged just under 17 yards a rush, and the Falcons ran the ball 66 times for 486 yards.
“I was trying hard,” Aguilera said. “It was homecoming, so everybody was ready. My line did a good job like they always do. It was very tiring toward the end of the game.”
Abbotsford coach Jake Knappmiller said his players were motivated to get the running game going against the Cardinals.
“We played extremely well up front,” Knapmiller said. “We challenged the offensive line this week to step it up a little. They took it up a notch this week and our runners excelled behind them. They ran through contact and got some big plays.”
Jesse Maki scored first for the Falcons from 7 yards out halfway through the first quarter.
Roughly 12 minutes later, Aguilera scored from 24 yards out, and Maki concluded the first half scoring reaching the end zone from the 12 to extend the Falcons’ lead to 20-7.
Edgar Ceniceros connected on a 37-yard field goal to start the second-half scoring before Newman finally got on the board on a 59-yard scoring strike from QB Eric Bychinski to Josh Watson.
But it was Aguilera’s night as he scored three consecutive touchdowns, from 10, 22 and 5 yards out, to put the game away.
The Cardinals’ Nick Janke rushed five times for 104 yards in the fourth quarter at quarterback, replacing an injured Bychinski.
Janke hit Matt Heeg with a 4-yard touchdown pass and ran one in himself from the 1. Ceniceros ended the scoring with a 47-yard field goal.
“I practice them a lot,” Ceniceros said. “It’s amazing making one that long. I’ve played soccer my whole life. I’ve played a couple years of football. It’s fun.”
A- Jesse Maki 7 run (kick failed)
A- Tony Aguilera 24 run (Edgar Ceniceros kick)
A- Maki 12 run (Ceniceros kick)
A- Ceniceros 37 FG
N- Josh Watson 59 pass from Eric Bychinski (run failed)
A- Aguilera 10 run (Garrett Rau run)
A- Aguilera 22 run (Ceniceros kick)
A- Aguilera 5 run (Ceniceros kick)
N- Matt Heeg 4 pass from Nick Janke (Janke run)
N- Janke 1 run (Heeg run)
A- Ceniceros 47 FG
Rushing- N- Janke 5-104. Aguilera 24-310, Maki 16-63.
Passing- N- Bychinski 9-29-1-157. A Rau 1-4-1-8.
Receiving- N- Marcus Gabriel 4-54. Watson 3-77. A-Nate Kunze 1-8.
Records- Abbotsford 2-4, 2-4 Cloverwood Conference; Newman 1-5, 1-5 Cloverwood.