SELMA - The Selma Bears scored the program’s second-highest points in a game in a 77-46 home victory over Hanford West on Sept. 28.
The combined game score - 123 points - was also the second highest in the program’s history.
For the past two games, Selma has scored a combined 132 points, but has also allowed 103.
In the game against Hanford West, the Huskies were able to score quickly against the Bears defense. Hanford West had two scoring plays of 50 or more yards and an 87-yard kickoff return.
“The problem was we were controlling the ball and running it and then we would turn around and let them score in one or two plays,” Selma head coach Matt Logue said. “So it was causing us some issues.”
Heading into a tough matchup against Dinuba at home, Logue said the main objective for his defense is to eliminate mistakes and correct defensive assignments.
“We pride ourselves in being a good defensive team, running the ball and controlling the clock,” Logue said. “It’s been really disappointing, especially for me, giving up that many points the last couple of weeks.”
When referring to his team scoring the second highest points in the program’s history, Logue said there was potential for both teams to score more, but he cared more about the win than his team going into the record books.
“I honestly do remember at one point looking up and we scored 70 or 77 points and they literally turned around and ran the next kickoff back [for a touchdown],” Logue said.
Logue said he doesn't like to run up the score.
“I don’t ever want to score 77 points,” Logue said. “To me, if a team I coach scores 77 points, that means we’re giving up too many points. If we’re up on teams, I like to sub guys and keep the clock running and get guys an opportunity to play who deserve to play. I’m not one of those guys who want to try to score 100 on somebody or run the score up. We had to keep scoring because they kept scoring.”
After the first quarter ended in a 14-14 tie, Selma scored 42 points in the second to go into halftime up 56-26.
In the fourth quarter, Selma reached 77 points after Pat Angelo scored his second touchdown of the night on a 9-yard run.
Overall, Selma offensively outgained Hanford West 459-342, but 426 of the Bears yards came from rushing.
It was the second-straight game Selma rushed for over 400 yards. Notable rushing performances for the Bears came from Adam Rodriguez, Aaron Moreno, Aaron Blancas and Angelo.
Rodriguez scored a touchdown and led the team in rushing with 166 yards on 17 carries. Moreno rushed for 105 yards on six carries while Blancas carried the ball seven times for 91 yards. Angelo gained 45 yards on the ground on six carries. Blancas also scored three touchdowns on the ground.
As a team, Selma scored nine rushing touchdowns against Hanford West. Other Bears players who scored rushing touchdowns were Zach Zarate (one) and quarterback Joey Ramirez (two).
For the past two games, the Bears have rushed for a combined 15 touchdowns.
With Dinuba next up on the schedule, Logue is interested to see how his team runs the ball against the Emperors.
“I’m kind of looking forward to playing a team like them,” Logue said. “We ran the ball so well for the last few weeks, I want to see if it’s because of the teams we were playing or if we’re really good up front. So it’ll be a good challenge for us.”
Kickoff between Selma (3-3, 1-0 in CSL) and Dinuba (4-2, 0-1) is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. at Staley Stadium on Oct. 5.