The Bombers hosted their first of six home games this season; hosting the 4A Elk City Elks. The Elks were long time participants on the Frederick schedule when they shared a class 3A ranking, but haven’t played in the Bomber Bowl in over 20 years.
While the Bombers were looking to give the Elks a “special” return, they came up short in realizing how much further the Bombers need to grow. There were many positives in the game including some plays made by QB Gustavo Gaytan and WR Darrius Randle.
The Elks jumped out to a quick 14-point lead on mistakes by the Bombers. The Elks again were the benefactor of a Bomber mistake, giving them the ball deep in Frederick territory. The Bombers overcame some jitters and stopped the Elks deep in Bomber territory with big defensive plays by LB Diego Reyes and CB Darrius Randle.
The Elks were forced to bring out their field goal team and pushed the score to 17-0 in the first quarter. With three minutes left in the first QB Gustavo Gaytan connected with Randle on a 54-yard touchdown pass, to bring the score to 17-6, with the botched snap on the extra point. The Elks scored quick and added to their score making it 31-6.
On the ensuing kick-off, kick returner Darrius Randle broke free for a 95-yard kick return to give bring the score 31-12, in the Elks favor. Unfortunately for Bomber fans, that was all the scoring the Bombers would muster; the Elks would go on to score two more touchdowns. They would botch one extra point attempt and another was blocked.
The Bombers are scheduled to take on the Electra Tigers this week in their own version of the Red River Rivalry. The Bombers hope to turn the tables on last years close game with the Tigers.
Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. Don’t be late. Go Bombers!
Reach Fabian Reyes at Freyes71@gmail.com.