The Taos High School Tigers took to their home field on Friday (Sept. 3) night against the Kirtland Central Broncos. Unfortunately, their losing streak continued in a high-scoring affair that saw the Broncos win 63-34. The victory pushes Kirtland Central to a 2-1 record and drops the Tigers to 0-3.
The Tigers were plagued once again by huge “chunk” plays caused by broken defensive plays. Broncos running back Zakk Thomas tore through the THS defensive line, scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter alone. Though the Tigers were effective in defending against the pass, the Broncos rushing attack was too much to defend against. At halftime, the Tigers took a 35-3 deficit into the locker room.
The Tigers showed their heart in the second half, refusing to give up. Halftime adjustments led to a far more effective Tigers offense. Running back Matt Suarzo and quarterback Daemon Ely moved down the field with purpose and pulled off a 24 point rally in the fourth quarter.
At the end of the night, however, the Broncos were too much to tame.
The game was not without its bright spots for the Tigers. Ely and Suarzo shined, but the entire offense, once they got moving, showed that they could compete with anyone. The defense continues to improve, despite the high score.
The THS Tigers will look to finally get in the win column next week on the road against a tough St. Pius team.
Look for more on this story in next week’s Taos News.
KIRTLAND CENTRAL 63, TAOS 34
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Krtlnd Cent. 28 7 14 14 63
Taos 3 0 7 24 34
Records: KC 2-1, T 0-3