by Melissa Ray
LA VETA — After an easy win against the Antonito Trojans, 54-8, the La Veta Redskins are now ranked second in the league.
The Trojans must have lost their horse on Friday when the Redskins showed up in Antonito to play some afternoon football. In the first quarter alone, the Redskins scorched the field to rack up 24 points on the scoreboard.
The second quarter was more of the same, with the points climbing to 46. The Trojans perked up a bit and scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion. The optimism was short lived as La Veta dug in to shut them down for the remainder of the half.
The clock started running in the second half and La Veta put in their younger players for some game-time experience. The Redskins made sure their trail was blazed on the Trojan field by making one more touchdown in the third quarter. The Trojans found enough strength in the fourth quarter to keep the Redskins from scoring again, but the game ended in a devastating 54-8 loss for Antonito.
Senior Kyon Kreutzer was named overall player of the game with 47 yards rushing, ten tackles (five solos), 38 yards receiving, two kickoffs for a total of 83 yards, two touchdowns, and one two-point conversion.
W.D. Arnold was the offensive player of the game with 157 yards rushing, 12 tackles (three solos), one punt return of 23 yards, one touchdown and one two-point conversion.
The defensive player of the game, Blake Warren, had an impressive 195 passing yards, completing 11 out of 18 pass attempts, two of those passes resulting in touchdowns. Warren had ten yards rushing, five tackles (three solos), two interceptions and two two-point conversions.
The Sporcich brothers, Dylan and Tanner, and freshman David Faulhaber all had one interception. Dylan Sporcich, Javier Romero, Jonathon Sanchez, and Zac Brunelli all added points to the board by making touchdowns. Sanchez also made a two-point conversion.
When asked for a recap of Friday’s match-up against the Trojans, Coach Ortivez shared the following: “They (Antonito) have a lot of talent. They came at us hard. After the week of practice, there was no doubt in my mind that our guys would do as well as they did. It was the best week of practice that we’ve had. Everybody was crisp. Responsibilities were sound. We were just finally all in sync and they played like it yesterday.
Our younger kids played all of the fourth quarter and eight minutes of the third quarter. We executed really well. I was really happy with them. Getting out of there without any injuries, getting our younger kids a chance to play will definitely help us out coming down the stretch.”
Team stats for regular season are as follows: 1,714 yards rushing, 625 yards receiving, 470 tackles, 23 sacks, 712 yards in punts, 95 yards in punt returns, 981 yards in kickoffs (all by Kreutzer), 542 yards in kickoff returns, and 174 points scored. Warren completed 37 out of 88 pass attempts for a total of 625 yards. Warren also had 459 of the team’s rushing yards, Arnold had 422 yards rushing and Sporcich rushed 381 yards. The top receiver was Brunelli with 162 yards and Sanchez raked in 159 yards.
W.D. Arnold came in with 76 tackles, 53 of those being assists. Eric Griego had five sacks and Arnold and Tyler Duzenack each had three. Austin VanLue had 353 punt yards. Dylan Sporcich had 156 yards in kickoff returns, second only to Arnold who had 179 yards. La Veta’s top scoring player this season was Warren with eight touchdowns and six two-point conversions.
The Redskins are ranked 32nd in the State with a league record of 4-1-0 and are now second in their league division. They will be hosting Mancos on their home field at 1 pm this Saturday.