FAIRFIELD — It was over after the opening kickoff.
American Canyon High’s Jomon Dotson returning the game’s first kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown and the Wolves never looked back in a 42-0 win over Armijo at Brownlee Field, Friday night.
The Indians (0-1) were overmatched offensively and defensively all evening by American Canyon (2-0), leading to the rout.
The final tally was the same as the halftime score as the Indians’ defense was able to shut down the Wolves’ second- and third-string players.
“The kids played hard, that’s what we try to get them to do,” Indians coach Karl Finley said. “They had a lot of heart. We had a couple of injuries early and a couple of turnovers and we can’t give up points on special teams right off the bat to a pretty good team. Their kids played real hard. When you don’t execute against a team like this, this is the result.”
Gary Cooper made the score 21-0 at the end of the first quarter with a 51-yard ramble, and second play of the second quarter, Dotson’s 1-yard scamper made the margin 28-0.
Dotson added another 79-yard TD run later in the period and American Canyon capped off the scoring with an 18 yard scoring pass from Michael Rapacon to Malik Beachum.
Dotson finished the game with 102 yards on 11 carries and Cooper ran three times for 58 yards before the subs took over.
D’Mario Johnson led the Indians ground attack, carrying 15 times for 42 yards, with Armijo totaling just 81 yards on the ground.
Johnson was also 8 for 20 through the air for 58 yards while being intercepted three times.
Finley said he knows what to work on to try to improve his defense.
“”Basically, it’s assignment football against this kind of offense and if you don’t do your assignment, it doesn’t work,” he said, adding that assignments were more taken care of over the final 24 minutes, 12 of which were with a running clock.
“It’s a long season and there’s still nine weeks to go.”
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