Lobos Win Home Opener

By N. Waddell

Hayden kicked off to start the game holding the Cibecue offense to three plays and a punt but on the punt attempt, Hayden’s Manny Armenta broke through the line blocking the punt. With the football rolling around, the Wildcat punter alertly picked up the football and ran for a Wildcat first down.

The Wildcats did not hold the football long having to punt again after three plays. The Lobos went on offense completing a ten-yard pass but on the tackle, Erik Rivera fumbled the football with the Wildcats recovering.

Again, it was three plays and a punt for the Wildcats. The Lobo offense took the field this time not taking the Wildcats lightly and ran the football down to the Wildcat twenty-seven yard line. From the twenty-seven yard line, Roman Padilla dropped back and found Adrian Ochoa for a 27-yard completion and a touchdown. Erik Rivera ran the football over for the two points to give Hayden an 8to 0 score at 1:28 of the first quarter.

The Lobos kicked off and on the Wildcats next offensive play, Padilla stepped in front of a Wildcat pass for an interception returning the football to the 30-yard line. The first quarter ended with the Lobos at the Cibecue two-yard line.

The second quarter started with Aaron Lagunas taking the football over the goal line for a touchdown and with the two point run by Erik Rivera the Lobos had a 16 to 0 lead at 11:54 of the second quarter. The Wildcats were again held to three plays and a punt after the kick-off but on the punt, the snap was fumbled by the punter giving Manny Armenta time to tackle him to give the football Lobos at the Cibecue twenty-yard line.

The first half ended with Hayden leading 32 to 0. The Wildcats kicked off to start the second half with Rodney Ortiz returning the football to the forty-yard line. On the next play, Adrian Ochoa took the hand-off and raced sixty yards into the end zone for another Lobo touchdown. The two-point play did not work leaving the Lobos with a 38 to 0 lead at 11:40 of the third quarter.

The Lobos kicked off and again held the Wildcats to three plays and a punt but again on the punt the Wildcat punter fumbled the football giving Armenta time for the tackle at the 17-yard line. With sophomore running backs now in the offense, they covered the 17 yards on three plays with Antonio Medina taking the football over the goal line from eight yards out for his touchdown and with the two point run stopped the Lobo built their lead to 44 to 0 with 8:15 left on the third quarter clock and also forced a running clock for the rest of the game.

With nothing but clean jerseys on the field for the Lobos, the young players held their own holding the Wildcat offense after a short drive. The third quarter ended with the young Lobos moving the football and leading 44 to 0.

The Wildcats finally stopped the young Lobo offense but they could not break the Lobo defensive play of the Lobo reserves turning the football over to the Lobo reserves at the forty-three yard line. After two runs to reach the forty-eight yard line, Jacob Manriquez took the hand-off, broke a couple of tackles and was on his way to a 58 yard touchdown run. Lineman Gabriel Ramos was given a chance to carry the football and responded with the two-point run to give the Lobos a 52 to 0 lead with 2:59 left to play. The Lobos kicked off but on the play the Wildcat receiver fumbled the football with Hayden’s Gabriel Mariscal recovering as the game ended.

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