Taos Tigers fall to Demons in homecoming game

By Sam Richardson
Posted 9/14/19

The Taos Tigers lost to the Santa Fe Demons 15-30 on Friday (Sept.  13) during the homecoming game at Anaya Field. 

The Tigers  held their own in the first half and headed into the …

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Taos Tigers fall to Demons in homecoming game

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Updated Sept. 14, 10:20 a.m.

A capacity crowd was on hand at Anaya Field in Taos for the Tiger's Homecoming game with the Santa Fe High Demons. The coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen and the joy surrounding those festivities was dampened for Tiger fans, however, by the result of the football game. A resurgent, young Santa Fe team took a 14-8 lead to the locker room at the half and built on it in the final two quarters for a 30-15 win. The victory brings Santa Fe's record to 3-1 on the season; Taos' record now stands at 2-2.

Santa Fe, which endured a 35 game losing streak prior to last year, and lost their last seven games in the 2018 season, has now won three in a row in the 2019 campaign. Demon's coach Andrew Martinez said, "We're young, we're sophomore-loaded, but we're getting better every day."

Fumbles, interceptions and penalties plagued the Taos effort and cost the Tigers several scoring opportunities. The Tiger running game pounded the opposition's defense for substantial yardage, but the Tigers were only able to complete a small percentage of their passes, which is normally one of their strengths. Santa Fe, quarterbacked by sophomore Luc Jaramillo, poured through the Tiger defense for several long-gainers, which set up scores.

Taos coach Art Abreu said he was "disappointed" at the result of the game and said, "This is not who we are."

Taos is off next week and will travel to Santa Fe for a non-district game with Capital High on Sept. 27. The Tigers open district play against Grants, October 4. Three of the Tiger's five district games are at home this season. Home games are with Grants, St. Pius and Bernalillo; road games are at Española and Pojoque.

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