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Raton Cruises to Victory Over Clayton

The Raton Tigers football team started strong and finished the same way for a 47-8 victory over Clayton in a Friday, October 13th District contest in the Jungle.

On a perfect night for football, it was the first home contest in a month for the Tigers who took the home-field advantage early when Ismael Tafoya recovered a Clayton fumble at the 24 yard line and then Tristan Gallegos went over on a fourth and goal from inside the one to put Raton on top with 8:06 left in the first quarter.

Tafoya would sting the Yellowjackets the next time he touched the ball on a 85 yard punt return for a TD, and with the Dustin Segura point after run for 2, Raton led 14-0 with 3:46 left in the first.  Tafoya ripped another return TD later,  but would have a 60 plus yarder called back on a Raton penalty.

The Tigers offensive machine includes the dual threat QB Dustin Segura.  The senior signal-caller scored the next four touchdowns for the Tigers with runs of 10, 30, 72 and 1 yard.  Segura also kept the chains moving with his accurate throws, and kept an 80 yard, 9 play drive alive with a 15 yard completion to his favorite target Nathaniel Tarbox on a third-and-ten in the third.

Clayton avoided the shutout with a drive in the second half culminating in a 29 yard Zachary Maynes to Caleb Gonzales scoring play to begin the fourth quarter.  Raton would get the continuous clock going again when with 9:47 left in the game Aden Vanderwater, heaved a 67 yard bomb to Ismael Tafoya to make the score 47 – 8.   Brandon Decker’s drive-killing interception added to the earlier one by Richie Acevedo to take the air out of the Yellowjackets in the end zone in the first half.

Raton will stay home for the second consecutive week and will play the Santa Rosa Lions on Friday, October 20 at 7 p.m. The game could be for the regular season district championship as both squads are undefeated in District 3/5 AAA play. The game will be broadcast on KRTN FM 93.9 and streamed on Network1Sports.com.

Cole Medina, in hot pursuit of Clayton QB Zachary Maynes in Raton's first district game at home.

Cole Medina, in hot pursuit of Clayton QB Zachary Maynes in Raton’s first district game at home.

 

Caleb Gonzales just misses a Zachary Maynes pass as Richie Acevedo goes up not far behind. Acevedo just misses the ball as it comes down.

Caleb Gonzales just misses a Zachary Maynes pass as Richie Acevedo goes up not far behind. Acevedo just misses the ball as it comes down.

 

Tristen Gallegos just gets the handoff from Dustin Segura, he will finally get his hands on the ball before being wrapped up by the Clayton Defense but not before gaining a few yards on the play.

Tristen Gallegos just gets the handoff from Dustin Segura, he will finally get his hands on the ball before being wrapped up by the Clayton Defense but not before gaining a few yards on the play.

 

Caleb Gonzales is the last chance for Clayton to stop a Raton TD as Dustin Segura breaks away and crosse the goal line for another Tiger Touchdown Friday night in the Jungle.

Caleb Gonzales is the last chance for Clayton to stop a Raton TD as Dustin Segura breaks away and crosse the goal line for another Tiger Touchdown Friday night in the Jungle.

 

Rafael Maso goes for the sack as he grabs hold of Clayton QB Zachary Maynes Friday night in the Jungle.

Rafael Maso goes for the sack as he grabs hold of Clayton QB Zachary Maynes Friday night in the Jungle.

 

it was another long run for Dustin Segura as he scampers past the Clayton Defense and finally Caleb Gonzales for six more Friday night.

it was another long run for Dustin Segura as he scampers past the Clayton Defense and finally Caleb Gonzales for six more Friday night.

 

Can Nathaniel Tarbox bring this one in as reaches out for a Dustin Segura pass.

Can Nathaniel Tarbox bring this one in as reaches out for a Dustin Segura pass.

 

Nathaniel Tarbox stretched it out and grabs a Dustin Segura pass for another first down for Raton.

Nathaniel Tarbox stretched it out and grabs a Dustin Segura pass for another first down for Raton.

 

After that amazing grab Nathaniel Tarbox manages to maintain control and get Raton another first down Friday night.

After that amazing grab Nathaniel Tarbox manages to maintain control and get Raton another first down Friday night.

 

Ismael Tafoya heads north for the goal line as he scampers 70 yards for six and Raton's final score of the game to make it 46-8. The Vanderwater PAT made the final score 47-8.

Ismael Tafoya heads north for the goal line as he scampers 70 yards for six and Raton’s final score of the game to make it 46-8. The Vanderwater PAT made the final score 47-8.

One comment on “Raton Cruises to Victory Over Clayton

  1. Donna Kautz says:

    Love them Tigers listen to the game every friday night Grandson is #1 Nate Tarbox i live in Stillwater Ok so thank u for broadcasting the games