Football

Taos Tigers beat Lovington 55-7, head to semifinals against Portales

By Sheila Miller
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 11/17/18

In Saturday's game (Nov. 17) against Lovington, the Taos Tigers won 55-7, marshalling a strong defense and big-yardage runs to keep the Wildcats caged.

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Taos Tigers beat Lovington 55-7, head to semifinals against Portales

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In Saturday's game (Nov. 17) against Lovington, the Taos Tigers won 55-7, marshalling a strong defense and big-yardage runs to keep the Wildcats caged.

From the Wildcats' opening drive, the Tigers defense gave Lovington no room to maneuver. Constantly under pressure, Wildcat quarterback Casey Perez spent the game dropping back into the pocket and dodging tackles, unable to connect with his receivers who themselves were usually tightly covered. Though Perez was largely able to keep his composure and in spite of great efforts by the Wildcats receivers, they were unable to make the necessary connections.

The Tiger offense, however, ran like a machine. Every man doing his part, Taos was able to materialize big plays one after the other. Many of the 55 points Taos scored were from long runs that landed in the end zone. The ball carriers were patient, watching for the opportunities, and–thanks to the line – they got them.

Lovington stayed in the fight until there was no time left. This loss marks the end of the Wildcats' 2018 season.

Taos, now 10-1, moves on to the semifinals where they will play Portales—who beat Grants today 64-32. The Tigers will travel to Portales for the game, which starts at 1 p m., Saturday (Nov. 24). As Coach Art Abreu Jr. said to his team after the game, “We’re ready to go wherever we need to go.”

See the Wednesday (Nov. 21) issue of The Taos News for more about the game.

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