Tigers pounce on Española Valley, look to big matchup with St. Pius

Football

By Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 10/17/19

Taos football looked like its old self on Friday (Oct. 11) when it defeated district rival Española Valley 56-8 on the road.

Solid blocking and running the football were a big part of that.

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Tigers pounce on Española Valley, look to big matchup with St. Pius

Football

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Taos football looked like its old self on Friday (Oct. 11) when it defeated district rival Española Valley 56-8 on the road.

Solid blocking and running the football were a big part of that.

"We got the offensive line to operate as a core group," head coach Art Abreu Jr. said. "We had our seniors finally step up and finally lead - and take charge of what was going on during the game."

The Tigers were able to put up 21 points in the first quarter, while holding their opponents scoreless. Two of those touchdowns in the frame came from Armando Valerio, as he had an 80-yard kick return for a touchdown at the start of the game and a 26-yard rushing touchdown with under a minute left in the frame.

Taos then added another 14 points in the second quarter, with rushing touchdowns from both Matthew Suazo, who also had one in the first quarter, and Valerio.

In the third quarter, Valerio added another touchdown on an 8-yard rush. Española Valley played better defensively in the frame and, when on offense, scored its first points of the game on a 62-yard passing touchdown and was capped by a 2-point conversion to make the score 42-8.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, however, Taos quarterback Noah Armijo found Alejandro Gonzales for a 10-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers then scored their last touchdown of the game on a 3-yard rushing touchdown from Dominic Montano.

Now with a win on their hands and momentum swinging up, the Tigers will face St. Pius on Oct. 18 at Anaya Field in what's to be a big district matchup. As of press time, St. Pius holds a record of 3-4 and 2-0 in district play, good enough for first place in the district.

But Abreu said not to let that record fool you - because St. Pius is a good team.

"They're one of the better teams in our classification," Abreu said. "Don't let their record deceive you. They have played the two top teams in 5A and competed with them, not that great but at the same time respectfully. … It should be an interesting matchup this coming Friday."

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