With a turkey basting and surrounded by family, the 16-second, 60-yard drive invented by Poston Butte’s Brandon Hatfield to close the first half will hardly be what Broncos coach Mike De La Torre will remember about coaching against his father's Dobson squad. Rather, it will likely be the way they shook hands and embraced after the 19-8 win.
“I gave him a hug and said, ‘I’m so proud of you,’” the father said after the game, later adding, “They’re very well coached and disciplined and they just took advantage of the change in momentum.”
That momentum shift came in the form of a 24-yard lob from Russell Corriveau with three seconds left in the half that gave Poston Butte the lead. Dobson coach George De La Torre now will have to play the cook during Thanksgiving, thanks mostly to Hatfield bullying his way to three touchdowns and 199 yards.
“[Corriveau] looked at me — he gave me the look — and I knew it was coming to me; I knew we could get it in,” Hatfield said after the game. “If I know they’re going to cover the spread, I know they’re going to come over and cover the weak side when I try to run my seam. So I just broke it in and they just bit on it and I scored.”
The score answered a one-touchdown stalemate that saw the only difference between the teams come in the form of a failed kick attempt by the Broncos and a two-point conversion by Collin Erickson. Erickson, the junior, started the game after starting QB Josh Jaramillo was hurt during the week, and eventually sophomore quarterback Nick Riddle took snaps in his place.
“Nick Riddle, I think could be the future of Dobson, because he does such a good job of commanding the respect of the offense,” George De La Torre said. “But when you have a new change like that, it gets tough in the heat of battle, especially in this division.”
Riddle finished the game leading the Mustangs on a 3-for-5 passing performance with 52 yards on the ground; the only touchdown scored by the Mustangs came when Zaneil Chatman strong-armed three Poston Butte defenders to earn a 7-yard touchdown with 6:49 left in the first.
However, Hatfield secured two unanswered touchdowns afterward, the final being on a 34-yard dash with 7:14 left in the third to close out scoring and the win for the Broncos and the son.
“I guess it’s real in terms of I love to win and it’s great to coach against him,” said Mike De La Torre. “I knew he was going to have his guys ready to go and you’re going to have to take the win away from them. And they did; but I had a great time tonight.”
Poston Butte 19, Dobson 8
First Downs: Poston Butte 8, Dobson 7
Rushing: Poston Butte 35-168, Dobson 30-119
Passing (comp.-att.-TD-INT): Poston Butte 8-16 84 yds-1 TD-0 INT, Dobson 7-17, 52 yds-0 TD, 1 INT
Fumbles-lost: Poston Butte 0-0, Dobson 3-1
Penalties-yards: Poston Butte 9-85, Dobson 6-60
Poston Butte 6 6 7 0—19
Dobson 0 8 0 0—8
Poston Butte: Hartfield 1 run (kick failed)
Dobson: Chatman 7 run (Erickson run)
Poston Butte: Hartfield 24 pass from Corriveau (run failed)
Poston Butte: Hartfield 34 run (Corriveau kick)