by Dreama Ortivez
LA VETA- Last Friday night’s weather did not stop the La Veta football team from turning up the heat as they defeated the Sierra Grande Panthers 46-8.
The Redskins were at home and kept their fans on their feet. They won the opening toss and received the ball first. It did not take long before the Redskins were on the scoreboard. Senior Brandon Morgan scored a 10-yard run and senior Adam Ortivez ran the two-point conversion in.
The Redskins’ defense was hard to get through and they forced the Panthers to a three and out. It only took the Redskins three plays to light up the scoreboard again. With the offensive line dominating the line of scrimmage, Morgan ran for a 26-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion failed.
The Redskins were not done. The Redskin defense continued to be an impenetrable force as they forced another three and out. A shanked punt by the Panthers set the Redskins up in great field position. With hard running by juniors Kyon Kreutzer, Dylan Sporcich and Morgan, the offense steadily moved down the field. The run game allowed the Redskins to execute a play action pass from Ortivez to senior Clancey Kreutzer for a 13- yard touchdown. As the first quarter came to an end the Redskins had a comfortable 20-0 lead.
The second quarter was much of the same: a vicious running attack by the Redskin offense and stingy defensive play. With the comfortable lead, the coaching staff decided to rotate players into the game, and the Redskin machine kept moving. For the next score, sophomore Blake Warren connected with Sporcich for a 31-yard scoring pass. Sierra Grandes’ offense was able to get into Redskin territory, however, a fumble recovery by Sporcich crushed any momentum the Panthers were feeling. The next offensive possession featured all of the Redskin running backs as they marched the ball down the field 73 yards where Sporcich capped the drive with a 1-yard plunge for the touchdown. The two-point conversion from an Ortivez run was good.
The last score of the half came from Kyon Kreutzer powering his way in from 2 yards out. Sierra Grandes’ only score came from an interception thrown by Blake Warren deep in La Veta territory. Sophomore WD Arnold ended the scoring frenzy for the Redskins with a 45-yard run.
Coach Ortivez praised the team. “I would just like to say it was nice to see the kids play for each other and bounce back after last week’s game. The offensive line was the difference in this game. This week we play Antonito and it is another must-win game. It is also an important night because it is Parents’ night.”