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Members of the 2019 Holyoke High School football team are pictured from left, front row, manager Angel Martinez, Angel Carrasco, Carlos Legarreta, Oscar Dominguez, Michael Ramos, Slaten Burris, Ivan Ponce, Gage Sprague, Luis Reynoso and Stephen Murray; second row, Seth Watson, Johny Quintana, Robert Soukup, Kevin Hermosillo, Kaison Kinnie, Oscar Aguiano-Mendoza, Ran Daikoku, Aaron Sierra and Jeffrey Espinoza; third row, Aidyn Shafer, Cade Killin, Miguel Soto, coach Bryan Beckner, coach Russ Sprague, coach Dusty Sprague, coach Aaron Sprague, coach Nic Balog, Victor Baeza, Emmanuel Vasquez and Alexis Vega; and back row, Miles Sprague, Hunter Bergstrom, Ethan Andersen, Andrew Rivera, Jaime Avila, Caleb Deaver, Joey Beckner, Kayden Porter, Luis Chafino and Blake Mosenteen. Not pictured are Cameron Skager and manager Cooper Goldenstein. — Jim Powell Photography

Early lead carries Holyoke football through despite turnovers

Holyoke High School football is 3-0, healthy and looking ahead to what’s next. A Sept. 13 game in Bridgeport, Nebraska, marked the third win in as many weeks for the Dragons, and now the team is taking advantage of its bye week.

Two weeks of practice between games will allow the football players to get back to basics and fine tune fundamentals, coach Dusty Sprague said. From there, they’re looking to hit the remaining games hard.

As the contest began last Friday evening, Holyoke quickly set the tone, but Bridgeport fought back, Sprague said. The Bulldogs, he added, are a good, physical team.

Holyoke’s Michael Ramos scored the first touchdown of the game on a 15-yard run with 10:12 on the clock. Alexis Vega’s PAT kick was good, putting HHS ahead 7-0. It didn’t take long for the Dragons to score again. Another rushing touchdown, this time a massive 73 yards by Blake Mosenteen, was followed by another successful kick by Vega. With 5:58 still left in the first quarter, HHS was ahead 14-0.

Set up within striking distance of the end zone, Seth Watson ran in a 6-yard touchdown with 1:38 on the clock. Vega’s extra point took the score to 21-0.

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