And the wins keep on coming.
Thunder Mountain romped 36-20 over 3A Renton High School in Renton, Wash., Friday night, extending the Falcons' perfect record to 6-0 on the season.
Thunder Mountain's ground game again was the deciding factor with the Falcons racking up 415 yards rushing. Senior Cameron Fronimos led the way with 266 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries. Fellow senior Jesse Conrad added 146 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
"The team didn't go in intimidated. Renton is a school of almost 1,200 kids and they tried to intimidate a little bit like you always do when you come into somebody's house," Falcons coach Bill Byouer said Saturday. "Our kids came out first and punched first. We hit hard the first time and set the tone, and just continued with that tone all the way through."
The Falcons opened with a 5-play, 69-yard drive, with Fronimos punching the ball into the end zone from 31 yards out. After Conrad tacked on the two-point conversion, it was 8-0, Thunder Mountain.
"We continued to run in the middle and we were able to pop it outside," Byouer said. "Our offensive line continued to open up big holes for us. The first five plays from scrimmage were runs and we went nine, six, six, 17 and 31 yards."
Freshman Ben Jahn came up with an interception on the ensuing Indians (0-2) possession, giving it back to the Falcons at the Renton 25-yard line.
Fronimos struck again three plays later and it was 16-0, TMHS, after the two-point conversion, and the Falcons never looked back, holding a 28-14 lead at the break. Fronimos already had 198 yards rushing at the half.
Brad Soneson finished with two interceptions and six tackles for the defense, and Fronimos led the way with 11 tackles. Ben Hotch added seven tackles and Conrad matched Soneson's six. The Falcons also got six sacks with Josh Jones getting to the quarterback three times, and Seth Santana, Tyrel Kramp and Conrad notching one each.
Byouer liked what he saw from both the special teams and defensive units.
"Our coverages on the kickoff team were outstanding. They would get the ball and we were right there, and they really didn't get any yardage on their returns," he said. "Defensively, they tried to run outside and tried to pass. They're an incredibly fast team, probably faster than we'll ever see here team-wise. We had the outside contained well and inside, they couldn't find room to run. We scrambled their quarterback and we were meeting him right there on the outside.
"We got interceptions and made adjustments to their speed," he continued. "They got behind us on three plays and that's the only time they scored."
Now, in just its second season of competition after winning three games all of last year, Thunder Mountain is perfect through six, doubling last year's total with two regular season games to play.
"It doesn't seem strange. It's a good feeling," Byouer said. "We started off this season with a mission and these kids have stepped up. They're working as a team and a family. They don't want to walk off the field losing.
"This game was a test for us," he continued. "Renton has some high-profile receivers, quarterbacks and running backs. In my opinion, we stood up the challenge and stopped them."
Renton will trek to Juneau next year for a return game.
"Our kids had a great time there and we're looking forward to them coming up, and Ketchikan here this Friday," Byouer said. "The first part of the season is almost over, but then we have a whole new season coming up."
Thunder Mountain is 3-0 in the Southeast Conference and a virtual lock for the first-ever Southeast state playoff bid.
The Kings (1-3, 0-1) and Falcons kick off at 8 p.m. Friday at Thunder Mountain High School in the final Southeast matchup of the season.
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