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ROTA, Spain – On a gusty night in southern Spain, the Rota Admirals slapped on every bit of canvas they had in the hold and sailed past the Alconbury Dragons 74-0 in a Division III high school football game.

Rota, which posted its fourth shutout in four outings this season, held the Dragons to just 72 yards in total offense Saturday, 29 rushing and 43 passing, according to statistics furnished by Rota coach James Crowell. The Admirals’ Ramon Quijano returned an intercepted pass for a touchdown, and outside linebacker Keaton Regenor recovered an Alconbury fumble for a TD. Middle linebacker K.C. Mason topped the Rota tacklers with 12 stops.

Rota’s offense, meanwhile, was handing off the ball to eight different rushers, who together combined for 357 yards on the ground and six touchdowns.

Mason led the way from his fullback slot, rushing for 82 yards and three TDs on just five attempts. Terrence Paris also had five carries, two of them ending in the end zone, that netted 74 yards, and quarterback Nick Holland flashed plenty of determination on his TD run.

“…Holland had a spectacular TD on a quarterback keeper,” Crowell reported in a Sunday-afternoon email, “shrugging off two tacklers and diving into the end zone.”

Freshman fullback Trent Moore rushed eight times for 63 yards.

Rota’s special teams joined the red-letter day outing, too, according to Crowell. Rota blocked two Alconbury punts, and Mason returned one of the blocks for a touchdown.

Next up for Rota (4-0 overall and 3-0 in D-III) is trip to Menwith Hill for a Saturday game against the 3-1 Mustangs. The Admirals then are to return home to host unbeaten Bamberg on Oct. 15 and close their regular season.

Alconbury (1-3, 1-2) will collect its forfeit from Sigonella on Saturday and end the regular season by hosting Menwith Hill on Oct. 15.

Kahlil Williams did his best to stem the Rota onslaught, assisting on eight stops and making another solo. Kevin Beasley posted four assisted and three unassisted tackles in a game in which good sportsmanship, Crowell reported, defused any frustration over the lopsided score.

“Both teams displayed solid sportsmanship, helping each other up and giving some good helmet slaps after a play,” Crowell concluded, “a direct result of good coaching by Duke Eidt of Alconbury.”


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