Vaughn, with a little help from the five guys in front him, scored three times and outrushed the entire Longhorn roster as the Pirates cruised to a 60-12 victory in Patriot Athletic Conference cross-divisional action.
“I didn’t even get touched all night,” said Vaughn, who carried the ball 12 times for 259 yards. “I have to give all the credit to the line. They were blowing holes open all night long, being more physical. They’re doing a heckava job out there.”
The line of Marshall Mayhugh, Andrew Hensel, Terry Sas, Austin Childs and Doug Church sliced through the Lutheran West defense as Black River
(4-0) rushed for 488 yards with nine ball carriers.
Leading that charge was Vaughn, and the sophomore wasted no time getting the Pirates moving.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder broke off an 88-yard touchdown run on his sixth carry to spark a 27-point second quarter, which included a 54-yard score late in the period.
“It’s just practice,” Vaughn said. “That’s what we work on all the time and we used it on the field. You play how you practice.”
He fumbled on his second touch of the game on the Longhorns 15-yard line, but bounced back in style.
“He’s just a great running back,” coach Al Young said. “I mean, the kid can do everything. I’m not bragging on the kid, he’s a very exceptional athlete and there’s just a lot of things the kid can just flat out do. I’m glad he’s on my side.”
Fellow tailback Austin Phillips was equally as impressive, on the ground and in the air. The junior had 156 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns. Phillips caught his only pass of the night when quarterback Dakota Kuntz
(7-of-8, 106 yards, 2 TDs), found him in the middle. Phillips changed gears and blew past a defender at the 25-yard line for a 59-yard score.
It was the second touchdown in the air for Kuntz, who connected with John Guilford earlier in the quarter on a 17-yard strike.
“Those kids are just so explosive,” Young said of his offense. “Dakota does such a great job running the offense and the line did a really nice job again tonight. That’s where it starts. You have to control them upfront and that’s what we did.”
While the offense was red-hot, the defense was equally strong and seemed to have the Longhorns (0-4) sniffed out from the moment they stepped off the bus.
Just two minutes into the game, Black River took advantage of having the Longhorns backed up to the 9-yard line when senior Austin Jones laid a monstrous hit on quarterback Dan Hillenbrand, who fumbled. Guilford scooped it up in the end zone for the game’s first score.
OUCH, TIMES TWO: Guilford and Pirates kicker Alex Bacisin left the game with injuries. Guilford jammed his shoulder and Bacisin got hit on the knee when attempting an extra point. According to Young, both were held out the remainder of the game as a precaution and are expected to play next week at Fairview.