SUNDOWN — The Roughnecks didn’t say anything publicly, but a big part of their open date last week was preparing for Floydada’s flexbone spread offense with three tailbacks and a quarterback.

The only problem? There’s no one else around the that runs an offense like the Whirlwinds, who can have the ball go four directions any play. And that’s before a player pulls it down for a pass.

Sundown linebacker Gus Davis and his teammates defended the attack from every every way possible Friday night on the way to a 48-0 win over Floydada to open District 2-2A Division I competition at Slaughter Field.

“We had to restart everything and make some new stuff up for this offense because it’s so different,” Davis said. “We just locked down on it. It worked well tonight.”

 

Floydada mustered 130 total yards on 56 snaps and Davis alone, as a receiver, outscored them with three touchdown receptions of 39 yards or more.

The Roughnecks (5-1 overall, 1-0 district) only had to deal with adversity once, but it came fast.

Abraham Bocanegra fumbled the game’s first snap from scrimmage and set the Whirlwinds (5-1, 0-1) up with a possession at the Sundown 36. Floydada went four yards back the next three plays and Bocanegra scored what held up as the game-winning touchdown seven plays later from 12 yards out.

Four of six Floydada possessions in the first half ended in Sundown territory with no points, but it could have been a different game toward a 21-0 Roughnecks lead at halftime.

Floydada had a touchdown pass sail through a receiver’s arms and missed a 33-yard field goal through the first 24 minutes.

Davis, meanwhile, scored on a 71-yard reception and quarterback Christian Huey rolled out for a 12-yard score.

Davis added scores of 55 and 39 yards in the second half, Frank Mata returned an interception 35 yards for a score and head coach Adam Cummings turned to backups midway through the fourth quarter. Cade Conway scored from 14 yards after the switch.

“I can’t be proud enough of our defense and defensive staff for putting a game plan together,” Cummings said. “This was a game that we were a little nervous about because they had been so explosive all year. Hats off to (defensive coordinator Ron Holson) and our kids for just executing the game plan. Really couldn’t be prouder.”

While Floydada sputtered its way to its 130 yards, including just six passing yards on one completion to two interceptions in 14 attempts, Sundown flourished.

Huey’s 276 passing yards and Davis’ 173 receiving yards both surpassed the Whirlwinds output toward 488 total yards.

And, as those numbers got larger and larger, Sundown began turning attention to the weeks ahead in arguably one of the state's most competitive districts.

“We took the time to dial in on it and get ready for a really good team,” said Davis, a junior wideout and linebacker. “They were 5-0. We knew we’d have to step it up and just did our best. We worked hard and it paid off.”

Player of the Game

Gus Davis, Jr., WR/LB, Sundown

Davis scored three touchdowns as a receiver and was part of a defense that held Floydada to no points and an average of 2.3 yards per play.

Notable

Sundown held Floydada to zero first downs in the first quarter and established a 14-0 lead along the way. … The Roughnecks had two interceptions to Floydada’s one catch on 14 attempts.

What’s next

Floydada hosts New Deal at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.

Sundown travels to Hale Center at 7:30 p.m. next Friday, where head coach Adam Cummings will square off with his former team from last season.