Taos was the better tiger team as they muscled their way to their third straight victory – steamrolling the Aztec Tigers 63-27 at Anaya Stadium Sept. 7.
It didn't take long for the Taos Tigers to reveal their dominance, as they scored on their first drive of the evening on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with just under 8-minutes in the opening quarter. A 25-yard pass from Justin Good to Angel Limas with 30-seconds left in the first quarter put Taos up 14-0 and they never looked back.
Barely a half minute into the second quarter, the Taos Tigers added to their point total on a 3-yard rush into the end zone by Jonathan Garcia. A fortuitous “pick-six” fumble snatched out of the air by Brian Moraga at the 10:31 mark gave Taos a comfortable 27-0 lead. By the end of the half, the score was Taos 35, Aztec 6.
The second half saw Taos score an additional 28 points to finish with a season high 63. The huge point difference meant the game clock was running towards the end of regulation due to the mercy rule.
Unofficially, Garcia rushed for 302-yards on the evening, while Moraga would be credited for a second turnover (interception) that resulted in a touchdown. Also, a 55-yard Good to Limas touchdown pass early in the third period gave the duo 80-yards in the air.
Adam Vigil, who was celebrating his birthday, scored the last touchdown of the evening for Taos with a short-yardage punch with 3-minutes left in the game.
“Wow,” said Head Coach Art Abreu Jr., evaluating the execution of his game plan by his players. “All I can say is I'm really happy with the performance of our kids.”
With the win, Taos moves to 3-0 overall on the season. The points earned in this game gives Abreu's squad 169 total point on the season thus far. The next challenge for the Tigers is an away game against the Santa Fe High School Demons Sept. 14, before heading into their “bye week” Sept. 21. The Demons ended a 35-game skid – that stretched back to Oct. 3, 2014 – with a 23-22 road win over the Española Valley Sundevils Sept. 7.