by David Tesitor
MONTE VISTA — The Sargent Farmers handed the La Veta Redskins their first league loss of the season in the Class 8-A Mountain West Division, 49-20. The game was closer than the final score indicated.
The Farmers opened strong with two first quarter scores and shut down the La Veta offense game in what looked to be a blowout. It was the strong Redskin defense however which shut down the Farmers for almost 25 minutes. La Veta’s offense came alive in the second with a pair of touchdowns of their own. The remainder of the second and the entire third quarter was a defensive struggle for both teams, setting up what appeared to be a down-to- the-wire finish once again for La Veta.
Sargent was leading 22-14 going into the fourth quarter when the wildest chain of events turned the game around. The Farmers got on the scoreboard with ten minutes remaining in the game which gave the Farmers a two-score advantage. There was plenty of time remaining for the La Veta offense to get the Redskins back into the game.
On the following drive, La Veta was marching down the field off a pair of completions and two long runs by Blake Warren. The Skins were in the red zone when an interception by Sargent and run back faor a touchdown opened up a 36-14 lead for the Farmers. La Veta still had hope and plenty of time left on the clock, but a second turnover came about on the next play when the ball was stripped from Warren’s hand which resulted in a 60-yard subsequent touchdown. The turnover all but put the game out of reach for La Veta who was now trailing 43-20.
The tenacious Redskins still did not give up as they continued to drive the ball, looking for a miracle finish. Deep inside Farmer territory, the ball was turned over again, stopping all hopes for another score. In fact, there were three turnovers in the final sixty seconds which seemed fitting to cap off a wild game.
The Redskin defense came to the task and, with the exception of the plus 21 points off turnovers, La Veta played a tremendous defensive game. The Farmers had trouble containing Warren who rushed for 178 yards for the night which included his longest run of 39 yards.
According to Coach Ortivez, “We outplayed them. Without the turnovers, we were in the game.” The offense played a strong game. Ortivez also said, “they could not stop what we were doing.” In fact, the ground attack did not stop with Warren. Also coming in with strong rushing totals were Redskin Kyon Kreutzer who rushed for 55 yards and Dylan Sporcich and W.D. Arnold who each had 40 yards. In total, La Veta had 453 total yards of offense and 144 return yards.
The Redskins’ record now drops to 1-3 on the season (1-1 league). They will play Sangre de Cristo tomorrow night with kickoff slated for 7 pm.