Willows loses to Pierce

Willows’ Marko Venegas takes a hand off from quarterback Jack Martin in Arbuckle on  Oct. 5. Venegas scored both Honker touchdowns in their 42-16 loss to Pierce.

A season of struggles continued for the Willows Honkers football team as they dropped their third straight Sacramento Valley League game, this time to the Pierce Bears on the road last Friday night in Arbuckle, by a score of 42-16

 It was an inauspicious start for the Honkers who found themselves down 21-0 before they put their first points on the board in the second quarter, after Armondo Robles drilled a short five yard field goal.

Unfortunately for the Honkers. However, the Bears scored on their ensuing possession to take a 28-3 halftime lead.

It wasn’t until midway through that the third quarter that the Honkers began to find some offensive rhythm, when following another Pierce scoring drive, quarterback Jack Martin connected with Marko Venegas for a 42 yard touchdown catch and run, making the score 35-9.

Willows found the end zone one last time in the fourth period as Venegas raced 39 yards to the end zone, but it was too little too late.

Venegas had a noteworthy all-round performance for the Honkers accounting for both touchdowns, accumulating 58 yards on the ground, another 42 receiving and leading the defensive effort with eight tackles.

Martin completed 6 of 16 attempts for 111 yards and a touchdown but had a number of passes slip through the hands of his receivers.

Although the offense scored more points that it had in any of its last four games, the defense struggled to contain the Bears.

The Honkers have a bye this week to prepare for their match up with first place Durham (5-1, 2-0) at home on Oct. 19.

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