Sophomore Salas stars in Platt’s opening-season victory over Farmington

FARMINGTON – On the third carry of his varsity career, Roberto Salas fumbled and Platt lost the ball.

Coach Jason Bruenn wasn’t afraid to go back to sophomore time and time again in the Panthers’ 27-7 season-opening win over Farmington.

“I’ll never be afraid to give him the ball,” Bruenn said.

Which is saying a lot, considering Salas wasn’t supposed to be the starting running back for the Panthers this season.

It was supposed to be senior EJ Dudley who rushed for over 1,300 yards last season.

When Dudley tore his ACL and was lost for the season, his job was supposed to go to Ian Agnew. But the senior transfer from Southington also tore his ACL.

At the time, Bruenn said it was the next man up for the Panthers. And on opening night Salas delivered. 

The sophomore rushed for 180 yards and scored the first touchdown on an 18-yard run to bring his team within one-point.

“I have no words,” Salas said. “My line they held up, they were there for me. I couldn’t do it without them.

“(It’s) sad that EJ Dudley is out, but we definitely can still keep it up and do a great job this year.”

After fumbling the ball away on the Panthers’ first offensive drive of the season, the sophomore said he put it out of his mind.

“I just kept my head in the game,” he said. “Everyone on the sideline was keeping me on track. They were saying, ‘Let it go, let it go.’”

A roughing the kicker call on Platt in the second quarter extended a Farmington drive, which the Indians then used to their advantage.

Zihare Greaves scored on a 1-yard run, the first touchdown of the high school season, giving the Indians a 7-0 lead.

With his team trailing, Salas went right to work.

He started the drive off with a 19-yard run. It was followed up by a 41-yard pass from Lorenzo Sanson to Tremayne Carter.

With the Panthers in the red zone, Salas scampered in from 18-yards out to get Platt within 7-6 at halftime.

“I knew what I had coming in,” Bruenn of Salas. “He’s a bull, he wants to hit people.

“We had a conversation after the first scrimmage and I said, “Why do you run like that?” He said, “I just don’t see why I shouldn’t run 100-percent.'”

“That’s him. He’s going to bring it every time.”

Jake Baker took the opening kickoff of the second half to the house to give Platt the lead for good, 14-6.

“That kind of play epitomizes what we could do,” Bruenn said. “We’re going to hit those big plays. In between that we’re going to pound the ball.”

Junior Sean Bell scored on a 4-yard run and then Sanson scored on a 3-yard touchdown to put the game away in the third quarter.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story had Roberto Salas rushing for 200 yards when in fact he rushed for 180 yards.

Platt 27, Farmington 7

Platt 0 6 21 0 — 27
Farmington 0 7 0 – 7

F – Zihare Greaves 1-yard run (Jacob Conard kick)
P – Roberto Salas 18-yard run (XP missed)
P – Jake Baker 98-yard kickoff return (Salas 2-pt run)
P – Sean Bell 4-yard run (XP no good)
P – Lorenzo Sanson 3-yard run (Joey Salafia kick)

Records: Platt 1-0, Farmington 0-1

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