Falcons romp over Sitka

Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2010

The Thunder Mountain High School football team continues to run its way toward the Southeast Conference title, and once again it was the Cameron Fronimos show.

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The senior running back found daylight around the right side on the Falcons' fourth play from scrimmage, rumbling 49 yards to the end zone to open the scoring.

But Fronimos was just getting started as Thunder Mountain wiped out the Sitka Wolves 36-13 to remain undefeated on the season, improving to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in SE play with one conference game left.

After Sitka went three-and-out, Fronimos returned a punt 75 yards with the help of a devastating cutback block by teammate Brad Soneson that left Wolves workhorse Ryan Sorenson flat on his back, and Fronimos a clear path for the Falcons' second touchdown of the game.

"That felt great. It got my adrenaline rushing and I was in the zone all game after that," Soneson said. "It means a lot. We're 5-0 but we can't get too bigheaded, and we've got to keep working hard as a family and stay humble."

After Sitka fumbled on the first play of the second quarter, Thunder Mountain marched right back down the field in four plays to make the score 22-0 after a failed two-point conversion.

After a 22-yard scamper by Fronimos, Jesse Conrad found room off the left end for a 14-yard touchdown run to push the Falcons further ahead. Quarterback Camden Thomas later found Donald Stokes open across the middle of the field for a touchdown with 4:30 left in the half. A two-point conversion by Fronimos extended the lead to 30-0 at the break.

Thunder Mountain did not let up, however, as Sean Niumataevalu broke down the right sideline on the first play from scrimmage in the second half for an 80-yard touchdown sprint to make it 36-0 after a botched snap resulted in a missed PAT.

"It was my first game back from injury and they didn't want to let me play in the second half," Niumataevalu said. "And after that touchdown they said I couldn't go in anymore.

"It's all about state from here on out."

Falcons coach Bill Byouer said getting to 5-0 is a great accomplishment for this team. But with three games left in the regular season, Thunder Mountain still has work ahead.

"We have to make sure to keep our heads on straight and stay focused," he said. "We have to keep getting better every time we come out here."

As for the team's performance, Byouer said one name immediately comes to mind: Cameron Fronimos.

"Kid can run," he said. "We also saw a pretty good showing from Eric Reyna, Jesse Conrad and Ben Hotch. We got to throw it a little bit more and we got a touchdown to Donald Stokes, but we still have to tighten up our passing game."

Fronimos rushed for 111 yards on just five carries - all in the first half - and continued his stellar season for the first-place Falcons.

Sitka would get on the board with 7:23 remaining as Sorenson caught a 4-yard pass in the left flat and took it in for the score to make it 36-6, Falcons. The Wolves found the end zone again on a 1-yard plunge from Mitchell Boord with 38 seconds to play. The PAT set the final score.

The Falcons (5-0, 3-0) travel to Renton, Wash., next week for their road finale.

How They Scored

First Quarter

TMHS - Fronimos 49 run (conversion good), 7:14.

TMHS - Fronimos 75 punt return (conversion good), 5:34

Second Quarter

TMHS - Conrad 14 run (conversion failed), 10:25

TMHS - Stokes 14 pass from Thomas (conversion good), 4:30

Third Quarter

TMHS - Niumataevalu 80 run (kick failed), 11:48

Fourth Quarter

Sitka - Sorenson 4 pass from Boord (kick blocked), 7:23

Sitka - Boord 1 run (kick good), :38

team's final road trip of the season.

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