Running Home: Emery Romps in Homecoming

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The Emery High football team shook off a slow start and reeled off five-straight touchdowns Friday night to easily dispatch the visiting Gunnison Bulldogs 35-13.

Emery’s scoring barrage came behind the strength of its running game as the Spartans rattled off 21 points and 14 points in the second and third quarters, respectively. All five touchdowns came via the running game.

Cory Cox scored on runs of one and 59 yards, Marco Mota scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and Dominic Rondinelli capped off Emery’s night with a 13-yard touchdown run.

Emery head coach Jim Jones was happy with the result but was also concerned about the slow start.

“It’s just us,” Jones said. “All year long it seemed we’ve come out slow, but when the kids decide they want to play, they play. We’ve gotta come out harder. It’s definitely something we’ve got to change.”

“We shifted a few of our kids around, and that might have been partly why it took us so long to start playing,” Jones continued. “The bottom line is, whatever changes we made, someone was there.”

The homecoming win helped boost Emery’s region record to 3-2. Emery is 5-2 overall.

Emery next visits South Summit on Friday at 7 p.m. Emery and South Summit are currently tied in third place in the 2A North region.

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