Friday night's season-opening prep football clash between Manogue and Spanish Springs was never in doubt after halftime. Spanish Springs racked up 498 yards of offense, thanks in large part to its fast pace, and handed Bishop Manogue a 58-21 shellacking.
"I didn't know we'd score 58, but I knew we'd have chances to score," Spanish Springs coach Scott Hare said. "The funny thing is, when you watch offenses that run this, they score because of their tempo. It catches defenses off guard."
The non-league affair was just a two-score game at halftime, 27-14. But it was all Spanish Springs after the break as the Cougars outscored their guests 31-7 in the final two quarters.
Manogue was forced to punt on its first possession of the second half and Spanish Springs began building on its lead. Vance Lively scored on a 5-yard touchdown scamper less than four minutes into the third quarter for the Cougars.
Lively turned in a stellar performance for Spanish Springs. He scored four touchdowns on the night, two receiving, one rushing and one on a kickoff return. He hauled in five passes for 157 yards.
Manogue's first fumble of the game came on the next possession. The Cougars recovered and cashed in for another score, this time on a 22-yard scoring scramble from junior quarterback Hunter Fralick after a play broke down.
The back-to-back touchdowns saw Spanish Springs forge ahead 41-14 at the 7:14 mark of the third quarter.
It went from bad to worse for the private Catholic school. Manogue put the ball on the ground again; and again the SSHS crew recovered. Spanish Springs did not waste the opportunity. It tacked on three more points thanks to a 28-yard Henry Berrera field goal.
"In the third quarter, we had the two costly turnovers," Manogue coach Paul Mills said. "You can't give a good team, with their quick-strike capability, a short field like that. They've got a good quarterback, good receivers and a they're pretty good up front too, on the offensive and defensive lines.
"They had control of the game and played it at their tempo. We play a lot of guys both ways and this early in the season, conditioning becomes a factor."
With just under four minutes left in the third quarter, the Miners managed their lone score of the second half. It came on an 11-yard MJ Farthing to Devonte German touchdown reception.
The TD trimmed the Spanish Springs lead to 44-21, but the Cougars did not roll over and run out the clock.
The SSHS club added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Fralick and Lively hooked up on a second scoring post pattern for a 46-yard touchdown combination with 8:57 to go in the contest.
The Cougars put the finishing touches on the romp when Jeff Jurgesmeier rumbled across the goal line for a 20-yard touchdown run, leaving 4:12 showing on the game clock.
Fraclick completed 12 of 25 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns in the romp. The Cougars also chewed up 250 rushing yards on 35 attempts. Five different Cougars had 30 or more yards on the ground but Fralick led the way with 47 yards on six carries.
"I'm most pleased with the way we spread it out," Hare said. "A lot of people got touches. We spread it out to a lot of guys. To rush for 250 yards against seven- and eight-man fronts is pretty impressive.
The Spanish Springs offense found its rhythm early, building a 27-14 lead at the intermission.
The teams trade scoring punches in the first quarter. Spanish Springs got on the scoreboard first thanks to a 1-yard touchdown dive by Jurgesmeier at the 6:18 mark in the initial quarter.
However, the Cougars' 7-0 lead was short-lived. On the ensuing kickoff, Manogue's Wyatt Perkins got his first varsity touch, and after mishandling the kickoff, he secured the pigskin, found some open field and bolted 90 yards for a game-tying touchdown.
But even the deadlock was short-lived. The next kickoff, back to Spanish Springs, resulted in another score. Lively hauled in the kick on the right side then found a seam up the middle before cutting toward the left sideline and finding a path to pay dirt. The extra point sailed wide right, but Spanish Springs had the lead again, 13-7. It was the third touchdown of the game in a span of 29 seconds.
The Cougars extended their edge to 20-7 when Fralick found Gehrig Parks in the end zone on a fourth-and-17 play from the Manogue 18.
That left Spanish Springs with a 20-7 lead while the clock still showed 1:05 remaining in the first quarter.
"This feels really good," Fralick said. "We had a lot of guys do a lot of good things so it was a good outcome for us."
Both teams posted a second-quarter touchdown, accounting for the 27-14 margin.
Manogue got a 4-yard Farthing touchdown pass to Shane Talbot at the 5:09 mark of the second quarter, but 20 seconds later Fralick and Lively connected on a 68-yard touchdown bomb.
"We kept our tempo up and never got tired," Lively said. "We just kept running and running."
Spanish Springs is back in action Friday when it travels to play Damonte Ranch at 7 p.m.