Floyd pulls upset at Gateway Christian
Published: Saturday, November 10th, 2007
ROSWELL — The story of David and Goliath probably gets told frequently at Gateway Christian but the message was driven home Saturday as the Floyd Broncos played David to Gateway's Goliath. The Broncos made a late run to defeat the defending champion Warriors 32-28 in the state quarterfinals of eight-man football. Floyd trailed 20-8 at the end of three quarters before Gateway appeared to have finished off the Broncos with an early fourth quarter score to make it 28-8. Floyd stormed back with three unanswered touchdown runs by sophomore Jesus Davalos along with three conversions, two by passes to sophomore Chet Chenault and one by Davalos on the ground. "It was a tremendous job by the kids," Floyd coach Rafael Roybal said. "They could have put their heads down and given up but they didn't." Floyd got its go-ahead score with less than two minutes to play and it looked like the Warriors would be able to mount a drive in that time to take back the lead. But the Bronco defense stiffened and held with 19 seconds to play on the Warrior 48. "It was very big," Roybal said of the win. "And the kids made that big stand to hold them at the end." Davalos accounted for all four of Floyd's touchdowns while Chenault hauled in three conversion passes on the afternoon. "It was just a heck of a game when you beat the defending state champions," Roybal said. "I'm really proud of our kids." Floyd, seeded sixth in the playoffs, was defeated by third-seed Gateway 62-0 earlier in the year in Floyd. Gateway has won three state championships in the last five years, including back-to-back wins in 2005 and 2006. Floyd hasn't won a championship since 2000. In 2004 they finished as runnerup to Melrose. Floyd will face Animas in the semifinal round next week. According to Roybal the team awaits a conference call and coin flip to determine when and where that game will be played.
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