Heading into the 2010 edition of the annual battle for Sir Herkimer’s bone, Rancho had plenty going against it.
The Rams were missing five starters, who sat out the game after actions in last week’s loss to Desert Pines, and were facing rival Las Vegas, which outscored its previous four opponents, 183-9, and were the winners of 14-straight Bone Game matchups.
Make that 15.
Hassan Henderson tossed five first-half touchdown passes, including four to Cameron Rogers, as the No. 4 Wildcats rolled to a 64-12 decision over the Rams.
“I’m pretty happy with the way we played in the first half,” Las Vegas coach Chris Faircloth said. “The offensive line gave us plenty of time, and we were able to do a lot of things. Hopefully, we can take this momentum into next week, because Canyon Springs will certainly bring their 'A’ game.”
The Wildcats will look to capture at least a share of their 10th Northeast title in 12 seasons next week against the Pioneers in a battle for the league’s top spot on the line.
Las Vegas (7-1, 5-0 Northeast League) scored on all six of its possessions in the first half, gaining 377 yards en route to a 40-12 advantage.
Rogers stunned the Rancho defense with six receptions and 161 yards — all in the opening two quarters. He had TD grabs of 10, 40, 42 and 33 yards.
“I have never had a game like this in high school,” Rogers said. “It was a lot of fun out there tonight. We will have to play really well next week, because Canyon Springs is very talented.”
Quarterback Will Gosse-Gardet threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Rams (3-5, 2-3 Northeast) — a 20-yard strike to Bryson Mitchell and a two-yard score to D’Andre Mason.
Las Vegas’ defense and special teams provided a few extra second-half points. Dee Hall returned a punt 57 yards for a score, and Travon Langston ran 49 yards downfield off a Gosse-Gardet intereception for another.
Jay Mattox nailed a 47-yard field goal and running back Michael Glenn scored on a 29-yard run to complete the Wildcat scoring.
Henderson ended the game with 10 of 14 completions for 173 yards, while Farrell Victor gained 120 yards on 20 carries for Las Vegas.
Rancho managed only 154 total yards, with 28 of them after halftime.