Corbett Fleming had a lot to do with the impressive show put on by Boulder City’s rushing attack Friday night.
But the Eagles’ junior running back who had 127 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries was quick to deflect praise.
“Our line was good. That’s the only reason why we did so well,” Fleming said.
Class 3A Boulder City piled up 500 yards and six touchdowns on 45 carries on its way to a 50-12 road win over 2A The Meadows in a season opener for both teams.
Fleming had TD runs of 39 and 36 yards.
“He’s got a little bit different style,” Eagles coach Alex Kazel said of Fleming. “Corbett had a great game bouncing off tackles. He’s surprisingly strong for how small he is, but he has good balance.”
Boulder City rushed for 301 yards in the first half on its way to a 30-6 lead.
The Eagles’ Xavier Steel finished with 104 yards and one TD on eight carries, Tyler Washburn carried 14 times for 95 yards and Billy Viera twice for 91 yards and a touchdown.
The dominant ground game is the template the Eagles hope to carry into their 3A Southern League schedule.
“We want to be physical and we want to run the football, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Kazel said. “We’re going to try to be physical and get the ball down the field.”
Boulder City dominated on the defensive side.
Eagles junior defensive end Billy Barth recovered two fumbles, including a 1-yard return for a score in the fourth quarter.
Senior safety Mason Hengler added an interception.
“The line play will help us both ways,” Fleming said. “If (opponents) don’t have time to throw the ball, how are they going to throw it?”
The Meadows quarterback Garrett Gosse completed 11 of 32 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. The senior hooked up with Max Newman on an 87-yard scoring strike on a screen pass in the second quarter.
Chase Marrs added 52 yards on 12 carries for the Mustangs.