UPDATED: Foresthill Wildfires storm back to defeat Marysville
It was a classic tale of two halves for Foresthill.
The Wildfires fell behind early in Friday night’s season-opening contest, but rallied back from a first-half deficit to earn a 36-19 victory over visiting Marysville (0-1).
Foresthill (1-0) trailed 19-6 after two quarters but scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half.
“The difference between the first and second half was two fumbles in the red zone (in the first half),” Wildfires coach Jim Herlehy said. “We never punted once the whole night. In the second half we started being the aggressors and attacking their offense. We shut them down.”
Running back Wes Archbold led the charge for Foresthill with 183 rushing yards on 29 carries. Archbold had two TDs and a pair of two-point conversions. Quarterback Tommy Sawyer and running back Rocky Thompson each added a score on the ground.
Sawyer completed 7 of 15 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. In the third quarter, he connected on all four of his attempts for 78 yards and a score.
“He was efficient on the night,” Herlehy said of his quarterback, adding that the team didn’t throw a ton after jumping into a heavy formation without seeing any adjustments from the opposition.
Patrick Miles had 10 solo tackles and recovered a fumble for Foresthill, which plays at San Juan next week.
Thompson was also solid on defense, adding 10 solo tackles.
Overall, Herlehy, who said during training camp he was worried his team might feel a sense of entitlement coming off a strong 2011 season, was happy with his team’s effort.
“Especially the second half,” the coach added. “We outscored them 28-0.”