After a sluggish game last week against Moon Valley, the #1 ranked Cobras took care of business as they visited the Independence Patriots. On their opening drive of the game the Cobras took the ball seventy yards on ten plays. The drive was capped by a six yard TD run by Richard Morris. Independence kept it close the remainder of the first quarter and most of the second quarter. After Walter Peoples of Independence blocked an Ezra Ricks field goal try the Patriots moved down the field in an attempt to tie the game. On first down, from the Cactus fifteen, RB Marshawn Ross fumbled the ball. Cactus took advantage when on the first play after the turnover RB John Hart took it sixty-five yards to get inside the Patriot fifteen. Two plays later, Jon Tobin hit Richard Moreno from eleven yards out for the TD. With the PAT, the score was 14-0. Cactus later hit a short field goal to make the score at half 17-0.
In the second half Cactus blew it open early as Tobin threw for two TD passes. The first TD pass hit Jordan Flores for twenty –six yards with only 1:30 having ticked off the clock. The second TD took place with Tobin hitting Richard Moreno from thirty-nine out. Throughout the rest of the half, Independence could not get anything going against a quick Cactus D. Early in the fourth, Coach Fetkenheir called off the dogs and the second and third teamers got their night under the lights. Later in the fourth Cactus added a field goal and a TD to make the final score 41-0 Cactus.
Bottom Line: Cactus is solid in all aspects of the game. Jon Tobin not only has a strong arm but also does a good job making the reads and calls in Coach F's offense. I liked how the Cactus D swarmed and got eleven guys to the ball. Next week Prescott comes in to take on Cactus. For Independence the game turned on the first quarter fumble. The 7-0 game quickly turned and Cactus never looked back.
Game Balls: Jon Tobin was solid. He threw a couple of picks early but rebounded with solid decisions on the way to 3 TDs. For Independence Paul Jaramillo is a steady ball player with a lot of heart that any coach would want on his team.