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Tiger Defense holds Rattler Running Game for Win

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Two of the younger teams in New Mexico high school football met Friday night in the Jungle as Raton (1-7) hosted Tucumcari (0-8) who also has a large number of freshman playing on their team, for a district 5AAA match up.

The defense took the first two series as both teams struggled to move the ball. A bad snap on fourth down however gave Raton the ball on the Tucumcari 28. From there Raton moved to the 12 where Dante Mileta found Jonathan Cabrieles for a 12 yard TD pass play to put Raton on the board with 5:38 on the clock. The PAT failed and left it 6-0.

Tucumcari then took six plays to go the 64 yards culminating the drive with a 16 yard power house play by Saul Moriel, a 5’ 9” 215 pound senior, who simply pounded his way into the end zone by breaking tackles and running over players. The 2-point try failed and it was a 6-6 game.

Raton started the next series with a sack and started making progress when D’Onatee Sandoval picked off a Mileta pass at the Tucumcari six-yard line. Three plays later Connell Ware wrestles the ball away from Javier Villanueva and scampers the 20 yards to pay dirt for the second Raton TD. The 2-point try failed and Raton lead 12-6 with 7:28 on the second quarter clock.

Tucumcari pounded the ball on the ground for 49 yards in nine plays ending with a two-yard run by the big back Saul Moriel. This time Sandoval took in the pass from Ferguson for the 2-point conversion and it was a 14-12 ball game.

Raton took the kickoff down inside the red zone and with a personal foul penalty to the nine-yard line. The Dakota Martinez nine-yard run was called back on an illegal block. Mileta gained some of the loss back but another personal foul took the ball to the 31where the ball went back and forth with a couple of penalties and finally ended with a 25 yard pass play to Jonathan Cabrieles with eight seconds left in the second quarter. Mileta ran the ball in for the 2-point try and left the score 20-14.

Tucumcari took the second half kickoff and started the ground game moving the ball down the field yard by yard and took over seven minutes off the clock before the Raton defense halted the drive and turned it over on downs at the Raton 30 with a couple of sacks.

Raton went four and out and it became a tough defensive battle from there. As the fourth quarter progressed it seemed like the ball got stuck on the Tucumcari 24 when Raton’s Cole Medina recovered a Tucumcari fumble at their 24. Unable to move Raton turns it over on downs at the 25. Raton gets the ball back on the 20 and turns it over to Tucumcari on the 22 where Raton gets it back to end the game.

Coach Tory Giacomo told KRTN after the game that he was proud of how his team played and is looking forward to Santa Rosa next week especially after hearing that Clayton toppled Santa Rosa ending that game 52-0 in the third quarter giving Raton hope of a possible win Friday night in Santa Rosa as Raton is 1-1 in district play. Santa Rosa is also 1-1 in district play and 3-6 overall. Santa Rosa beat Tucumcari last week 52-22 at Tucumcari.

With a win over Santa Rosa Raton would finish the district in second place giving them a shot at play in the state tourney.

 

For the Seniors last home game.

For the Seniors last home game.

 

One of the few passes thrown by Tyler Ferguson was caught by D'Ontee Sandoval unfortunately out of bounds.

One of the few passes thrown by Tyler Ferguson was caught by D’Ontee Sandoval unfortunately out of bounds.

 

Jonathan Cabrieles (25) with the help of Saul Moriel (20) scores a Raton TD

Jonathan Cabrieles (25) with the help of Saul Moriel (20) scores a Raton TD

 

Jonathan Cabrieles (25) with the help of Saul Moriel (20) scores a Raton TD. It was the third Raton TD of the night for a 20-14 score.

Jonathan Cabrieles (25) with the help of Saul Moriel (20) scores a Raton TD. It was the third Raton TD of the night for a 20-14 score.

 

The boys celebrate after Jonathan Cabrieles scores the third Raton TD of the night and the last as it would be for a 20-14 win.

The boys celebrate after Jonathan Cabrieles scores the third Raton TD of the night and the last as it would be for a 20-14 win.

 

Saul Moriel eludes and simply powers out of a couple of tackles as he scores the second of Tucumcari's two TDs of the night.

Saul Moriel eludes and simply powers out of a couple of tackles as he scores the second of Tucumcari’s two TDs of the night.

 

Unfortunately this TD by Jonathan Cabrieles was called back

Unfortunately this TD by Jonathan Cabrieles was called back

 

The take away, as Connell Ware (81) and Javier Villanueva (34) tussle for the ball. Ware wins this battle.

The take away, as Connell Ware (81) and Javier Villanueva (34) tussle for the ball. Ware wins this battle.

 

A whole host of Tigers take Rattler QB Tyler Ferguson down on the busted running play.

A whole host of Tigers take Rattler QB Tyler Ferguson down on the busted running play.

 

1 of 5  Daniel Lopez makes the interception late in the game Friday night but the call was incomplete pass.

1 of 5 Daniel Lopez makes the interception late in the game Friday night but the call was incomplete pass.

 

2 of 5,   Daniel Lopez makes the interception late in the game Friday night but the call was incomplete pass,  here Martin Ortiz gets his hand on the ball and as you will see starts to pull it out and will have it out of bounds after the play

2 of 5, Daniel Lopez makes the interception late in the game Friday night but the call was incomplete pass, here Martin Ortiz gets his hand on the ball and as you will see starts to pull it out and will have it out of bounds after the play

 

3 of 5  Daniel Lopez makes the interception late in the game Friday night but the call was incomplete pass, here Martin Ortiz is pulling the ball away and will eventually end up with it out of bounds

3 of 5 Daniel Lopez makes the interception late in the game Friday night but the call was incomplete pass, here Martin Ortiz is pulling the ball away and will eventually end up with it out of bounds

 

4 of 5   Daniel Lopez makes the interception late in the game Friday night but the call was incomplete pass,  here Martin Ortiz has clearly moved the ball but Lopez is Down?

4 of 5 Daniel Lopez makes the interception late in the game Friday night but the call was incomplete pass, here Martin Ortiz has clearly moved the ball but Lopez is Down?

 

5 of 5   Daniel Lopez makes the interception late in the game Friday night but the call was incomplete pass, as the players tumble over Martin Ortiz will have the ball out of bounds and the call by the referee will be an incomplete pass.

5 of 5 Daniel Lopez makes the interception late in the game Friday night but the call was incomplete pass, as the players tumble over Martin Ortiz will have the ball out of bounds and the call by the referee will be an incomplete pass.