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Mabton ends season with shutout

DAYTON – It was a stellar Friday night under the lights for the Mabton football team.

The Vikings traveled to Dayton and had the best game of their season, blanking the Bulldogs, 31-0.

Prior to Mabton’s homecoming win in late September, the Vikings had lost 36 consecutive games.

“We ended the season 3-6 and that was awesome,” said Mabton Coach Trevor Curtis.

He said both the Viking offense and defense had some great performances on the gridiron last Friday.

Quarterback Roy Zavala had 20 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw the ball for 110 yards. Five of 10 passes connected, one ending in a touchdown.

Catching the 60-yard touchdown pass was Emiliano Rodriguez.

“It was beautiful,” said Curtis.

Luis Galarza was the leading ball carrier, gaining 90 yards on four carries.

Albert Sanchez of Mabton had four carries for 14 yards, gaining 15 yards on one carry was Isaac Ochoa and Miguel Abundis carried the ball three times for seven yards.

Nico Pina carried the ball three yards on one carry for a touchdown, and teammate Edgar Diaz had a carry that resulted in a gain of seven yards.

All told, Mabton had 221 rushing yards.

Sanchez was also responsible for catching a 20-yard pass, and Diaz recorded three catches for 30 yards.

The Viking defense didn’t allow the offense to get all the glory this past Friday.

Defensive lineman Alex Sagrero, a senior, had a 60-yard fumble recovery that ended in the end zone.

“It was good to see him (Sagrero) get to touch the ball for that touchdown…he was so happy,” said Curtis.

Zavala and Ochoa also contributed some highlights to the defensive action. Zavala collected two interceptions and Ochoa recovered a fumble.

Curtis was pleased with the game and how well the Vikings performed. “This was a fun win…a shutout on the road.”

He said seeing Mabton score in each of the four quarters gave the seniors something to remember.

“It was good to see the seniors go out with two wins at the end of the season,” said Curtis, who said he believes the momentum is something to build on for the 2014 campaign.

“It was a really awesome way to end the season,” Curtis added.

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