The Taos High football team had little trouble dispatching Española Valley Friday (Oct. 5). The Tigers beat the Sun Devils, 41-7 to win their homecoming game.
"It feels good for the last one," Andrew Maés said.
Taos jumped out to an early lead with three first-quarter touchdowns. Quarterback Kevin McCarty threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Larry Martínez and a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joaquin Medina. On Taos' third possession of the quarter, Isaac Gonzales ran into the end zone from two yards out, putting Taos up 21-0.
On the last play of the first quarter, Medina intercepted an Española pass. Gonzales scored his second touchdown from 23 yards out on the ensuing possession, making the score 27-0.
On Taos' fifth possession, the Tigers scored their fifth touchdown. Maés broke a handful of tackles for a 31-yard gain and then Luis Galindo punched the ball into the end zone from a yard out to go up 34-0.
The Tigers could have went six for six in the first half, but let the clock run instead with the ball at Española's 10-yard line.
With the game in hand, THS head coach Flavio López got his backups experience in the second half. "The best part is we got to get a lot of kids in," López said.
Joe Trujillo rushed for an Española touchdown after Lucas Bustos broke free on a 74-yard run, cutting the lead to 34-7.
Martin Bernal, however, put Taos back up by 34 with a touchdown reception thrown by freshman quarterback.
"It felt great considering all of the distractions that come with homecoming," coach López said. "I told them we have a job to do and that job is to win."
THS improved to 4-1 with the win while Española moved to 2-4.
Brandon Ortiz and Jackie Valerio were named the school's homecoming king and queen during halftime.
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