It was a raucous night at Taos High School as the Tigers celebrated the culmination of their Homecoming Week with a 14-7 victory on the gridiron against the visiting Bernalillo Spartans.
The stands—both home and visiting—were packed with fans ready to cheer their teams on.
The game got off to a slow start and it was immediately apparent that this would be a defensive struggle, a stark departure from the Tigers’ early season high-scoring affairs.
At halftime the score was 7-7, and Tigers Head Coach Art Abreu was not happy. “We are killing ourselves out there,” he said on his way to the locker room. “We gotta clean it up. I’m frankly just happy it’s tied up right now. But we’ll make the adjustments and we will get this done.”
To Coach Abreu’s credit, the Tigers came out of the locker room like a house on fire. The elusive running and strong arm of quarterback Daemon Ely and the rugged, hard-nosed running style of runningback Matthew Suarzo led the offense and the defense played as a cohesive unit in the second half. The half’s only score came on a run from Ely that was set up by Suarzo on the previous plays.
At the end of the night, it was the Tigers who played the cleaner, tougher game, and it showed. “I’m just such a proud papa and coach right now,” said a beaming Coach Abreu after the game. “We still have some stuff to clean up, but god, how far have we come? We just beat the sixth ranked team in New Mexico.”
Look for the full story in this week’s issue of the Taos News.