Home/News/State football tournament down to quaterfinals, but season over for Capital and St. Michael’s after Jaguars overwhelmed 56-35 by visiting Artesia in 5A, and in 3A, St. Michael’s loses 22-21 up at Raton, still in the hunt are cross-town rivals in 3A, and that has Robertson to host West Las Vegas in the quarterfinals
State football tournament down to quaterfinals, but season over for Capital and St. Michael’s after Jaguars overwhelmed 56-35 by visiting Artesia in 5A, and in 3A, St. Michael’s loses 22-21 up at Raton, still in the hunt are cross-town rivals in 3A, and that has Robertson to host West Las Vegas in the quarterfinals
By Arnie Leshin
Relegated to an unfamiliar 10th seed, Artesia, which has won a record 30 state football championships, hit the road for 7th seeded Capital Friday night and didn’t wait around to take care of business, and when the faithful Bulldog followed the trip to Santa Fe, arriving late wasn’t a good idea.
That’s right, for Artesia went to work quickly, following a 62-yard touchdown pass in the first 16 seconds with scoring passes through the air of 22, 5, 28, 5, and 26 yards to command a 43-0 lead at halftime, a time when the stunned Jaguar fans were probably heading for the exits. It wound up 56-35, and while Capital packed up its gear, the Bulldogs were on their way to the 5A quarterfinals at 2nd ranked Los Lunas Friday night.
The Jags, who wound up at 6-4, were no match for the visitors, overwhelmed on both sides of the line. On offense, quarterback Clay Haughtaling connected on his first 13 pass attempts for 331 yards and six touchdowns. Over the first two quarters, Bill Moon’s offense couldn’t generate much. It wasn’t until Artesia sent in the reserves after intermission that the home side moved the ball, with junior running back Luke Padilla scoring twice and picking up 210 yards on 33 carries. And fellow junior back Gio Munoz added 101 more yards along the ground that included one touchdown.
The other Capital TDs in the second half came on short runs by quarterback Manual Vargas and fullback Sean Ulibarri. In all, the rout did bring it 335 yards of offense, all but eight while running the ball.
As for the Bulldogs, now 5-4, they piled up a grand total of 500 yards, the bulk of them over the first two quarters, with the first quarter embarrassing. In the third quarterback, Haughtailing added two more touchdowns through the air. Artesia passed over the Jaguars all night, and Capital depended more on its ground game.
The Bulldogs appeared to be in fine spirit when it arrived, even displaying its usual pre-game pile on and firing up its fans that had already arrived. When the others made it to their seats, they drew the attention of the home crowd with their loud and effective support that rang through the stadium. And the home fans had nothing to cheer about after the Bulldog struck right from the outset.
In the other 5A quarters, top seed, undefeated Roswell is home to 9th seed Alamogordo, which upset Artesia in the regular-season finale to knock it up from a probable fourth seed to 10th. No. 3 Goddard gets a visit from 6th seed Piedra Vista, and No. 4 Farmington plays host to 3rd seed Deming.
In 3A, the dismal season ended for 9th seeded St. Michael’s with a 22-21 loss up at Raton Saturday afternoon, one week after the Tigers carried off a 33-14 romp at the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex. This time, the Horsemen at least played better, gaining a 14-0 lead over 8th seeded Raton (6-5). But the home side cut the gap to 14-7 and then tied it at 14-all before the visitors went back in front 21-14 with 12 minutes remaining in the tilt.
Then came a big passing play of 74 yards from quarterback Dylan Quartieri to Jesus Alvarado and that tied things at 21-21. Quartieri then hit his brother Matthew Quartieri with the 2-point conversion into the corner of the end zone for the one-point lead.
Then, with 2:29 left and the Horsemen driving into Tiger territory, on third down, Isaiah Samora picked off a Lucas Coriz pass with the clock showing one minute to preserve the final outcome.
Raton now heads for top-seeded Socorro (9-1), 2nd seeded Albuquerque Hope Christian (8-2) is home to 7th seeded New Mexico Military Institute (7-4), 3rd seeded Robertson (9-1) gets a visit from 9th seeded, cross-town rival West Las Vegas (7-4), and 4th seeded, defending champion Dexter (8-2) gets a visit from 5th seeded Tulasosa (8-2).
in 4A, defending champion Taos (7-4) is the 7th seed playing at 2nd seeded Portales (9-1), top-seeded, unbeaten Bloomfield (10-0) home to 8th seeded Ruidoso (5-6), 3rd seeded Lovington (6-4) playing host to 6th seeded Aztec (8-3), and 4th seeded Grants (9-1) home to 5th seeded Kirtland Central (6-4).
In 6A, undefeated, No. 1 seed Albuquerque Volcano Vista (10-0) hosts 8th seeded Mayfield (7-3), 2nd seeded Clovis (7-3) welcomes 7th seeded La Cueva (8-3), 3rd seeded Rio Rancho Cleveland (8-2) getting a visit from 6th seeded Las Cruces Cenntennial (10-1), and 4th seeded Rio Rancho High (6-4) being home to 5th seeded Las Cruces (9-2).