Rested and restless, Taos Tigers resume their winning ways

Pre-districts done, 2-4A season starts with two undefeated teams in Grants


The Taos Tigers moved to 5-0 on the season after an impressive win at home, taking down the Capital Jaguars 45-16 at Anaya Stadium Sept. 28. The Tigers were coming off a bye-week and according to Coach Art Abreu Jr., his team was ready to get back into action.

Taos jumped out to an early lead on a 52-yard punt return by Justin Good, who swept from one side of the field to the other and found a seam before streamlining his way to the end zone at the 10:07 mark in the opening stanza.

Taos scored again with 6:33 left in the first quarter when Jonathan Garcia evaded multiple tackles and scampered in for a long rushing touchdown from midfield. Garcia would find pay-dirt again with 2:34 left in the first quarter.

Capital was unable to move the ball on the ground and was ineffective through the air throughout the first half. The Tigers, on the other hand, capitalized on each of their offensive possessions–driving up subsequent scores in short order.

Two Brian Moraga rushes from four and two yards away gave a Taos a 34-0 lead in a bit over one minute into the second quarter.

Two more scores, including a 46-yard bomb from Good to Angel Limas and a 43-yard field goal by Limas, gave the Tigers a sizeable 43-0 lead to end the half.

The Jaguars and Tigers played a scoreless third quarter as the clock ran unimpeded due to the 35-plus point lead. The only points garnered by Taos in the second half were delivered by the defense.

The Tigers defensive line forced the Jaguar’s quarterback to get rid of the football to avoid a sack in his own end zone. Flagged for intentional grounding, the Tigers earned the safety nonetheless.

A bright spot for the Jaguars came early in the fourth quarter when they were able to keep Taos from scoring a touchdown to end the game due to the 50-point “mercy rule.” On a fourth-and-goal, the Capital defense held its line and forced a turnover on downs.

This turned into a quick score and a two-point conversion to put points on the scoreboard at the 6:38 mark. In the waning moments of the ballgame, Capital scored again to narrow the gap to 45-16.

Taos begins its district season on the road as they travel to Grants to take on the 4-0 Pirates Oct. 5. Game time is 7 p.m.


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