St. Michael’s, Capital meet Friday night at Jaguar Field
By Arnie Leshin
Congratulations to Santa Fe High for ending its 35-game losing streak by slipping past Espanola Valley on the road, but there are two other City Different schools that played Friday night and the daily newspaper provided not once inch of space for these games.
But it wasn’t much of a Friday night for the football teams of Capital and St. Michael’s, but they do know what’s happening this Friday night when they meet in non-district play at Jaguar Field.
That’s when the Jaguars come off their 38-0 whipping in non-district play at Lovington, playing host to cross-town rival St. Michael’s, which is winless in three starts following the 47-7 non-district rout at undefeated Bloomfield.
There wasn’t much to cheer about. Both fell behind early and never recovered. Capital had to play without sophomore Luke Padilla, its top running back who suffered a concussion in the 14-14 tie versus Deming the week before.
So there wasn’t much of an offense or a defense. That’s what happens when you don’t score and give up six touchdowns.
Same with the Horsemen. They are also suffering from a lack of offense, have scored but 31 points in three starts, and have allowed 126 points in 59-18 setbacks to visiting Taos, 21-6, at Portales, and the big loss to the Bobcats didn’t help. Bloomfield led 21-0 at halftime and St. Michael’s scored once in the fourth quarter.
The Jags had won their opener, routing visiting Pojoaque Valley, 67-14, Then came the deadlock at home that was called with eight minutes to because of excessive delays due to lightening.
Then came the Wildcats, who had won big in their opener at home, 56-14, versus Chaparrel, and lost big in the next outing, 49-0, at Roswell. So they put it all together before the home folks and it was Capital that suffered.
So now the cross-town rivals meet up and try to recover in this non-district contest.
In a surprising outcome, Santa Rosa came off a win over West Las Vegas to roll over previous unbeaten Robertson, 35-0, at home. Santa Rosa led 13-0 at the half and added 22 more points in the third quarter.
In what was not unexpected, Los Alamos shut down winless Pojoaque, 51-0, in non-district play at the Hilltoppers.