Third quarter brawl spoils third rout for Moose
ALAMOSA– Nearly impenetrable defense and an offense that scored at will dominated Trinidad as the Alamosa Mean Moose rolled to a 42-6 victory at home Friday, in spite of a fourth quarter melee that saw four Maroons ejected from the game.
Ninth ranked Alamosa advanced to 3-1 on the season after the win over the now 1-3 Miners and will have a bye week before hosting Montezuma Cortez on Sept 29. The Moose will be without four players for that tilt after Friday’s ejections and resulting 52-yard penalty that lead to Trinidad’s only score.
Alex Stokes drags the runner down behind the line of scrimmage. Alamosa's defense only allowed 6 points forcing the "Mercy Rule" for the second time this season
The 2 ½-hour homecoming affair for AHS was lengthened by a 20-minute delay as officials tried to sort out the infractions apparently initiated by a late, flagrant hit on a Miner player by a Moose defender. Numerous penalties by both teams, as well as several turnovers, also delayed the final gun as Alamosa was whistled for more than 120 yards in infractions.
After struggling on offense at the onset, the Moose got on the board with 8:41 left in the first period on a two-yard, bootleg keeper by junior quarterback John Lujan who had darted 13 yards the previous play to set up the score. Petite senior kicker Katie Gallegos made it 7-0 and was six-for-six on PAT kicks for the night.
Alamosa’s defense was dominating throughout the game, recording several sacks and other tackles for loss, as well as forcing several fumbles.
Standout running back Reis Martinez scored back to back TDs late in the first quarter in an 11-second span, the first coming on a 56-yard sprint that featured some tip-toeing along the sidelines. Trinidad was forced into a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Martinez dashed in from the four-yard line to make it 21-0 with 1:14 left in the first stanza.
The Moose drove 69 yards on their next scoring drive after a booming Miner punt from the half-yard line.
Lujan hit pay dirt from 41-yards out, juking would-be tacklers and running through others to mount a 28-0 cushion going into the break.
Trinidad went for it on a fourth and seven at the 9:05 mark of the third quarter, but Alamosa forced a fumble and Angelo Ramirez bolted 32 yards to make it 35-0.
The Miners next possession saw a fake punt fail and set up the Moose at the 36 where Lujan kept on an option and cruised to the end zone to make it 42-0 and start the mercy rule clock at the 6:13 mark of the third quarter. Gallegos sixth PAT kick of the night made her 16-of-19 on the year.
With just over two minutes left in the same period, things went wild on the field following a long run by the Miners. When the dust cleared, the four Moose had been booted as well as one Trinidad player. The visitors were given the ball at the AHS 13 on a net of three personal foul penalties and scored on a pass on a fourth and two from the five with 11:48 left in the game to make it 42-6.