Redskins Drop Another
ANTONITO- The La Veta Redskins lost a disappointing game to the Antonito Trojans 26-20 on a last minute Trojan drive to steal the victory.
The Skins opened up scoring within the first minute with a 7-yard touchdown pass by Ron Ortivez to Stephen Kimbrel. The Trojans answered back with a 50-yard bomb to tie the game at 6 ending the quarter.
In the second quarter, Ortivez scored for the Skins off a 16-yard sweep, but Antonito answered right back with a 40-yard score for a touchdown. The rest of the second quarter was a defensive battle ending in a 12-12 tie.
Antonito was first to score in the third, but the Mighty Skins answered with an 18-yard touchdown pass. La Veta converted the 2-point conversion to lead 20-18. Both teams struggled offensively into the fourth quarter as defense ruled the field.
The Skin’s final drive in the fourth stalled with 5:27 remaining. Antonito drove the ball downfield against the LaVeta defense eating away time. The Trojans took the ball in with 1:32 remaining to take the victory.
It was a tough loss for the Redskins, all but eliminating them from post season play. Their next opponent will be Sanford at home tomorrow, ranked number 3 in the state.
Panthers vs. Rye
WALSENBURG- The Rye Thunderbolts came to Walsenburg last Friday and showed why they are the number three team in the state, defeating the Panthers 48-0.
Rye opened up scoring off a 94-yard run by Jake Van followed by a 2-yard run later by Billy Forell. The T-Bolts were not finished as Van returned a punt 95 yards for the score to end the quarter. Van scored again in the second off a 35-yard sweep to the promised land. By halftime, Rye opened up a dominating 42-0 lead. The T-bolts scored again in the fourth quarter on their only possession in that half.
Rye’s defensive front four were too big to allow the Panthers to run the ball up the middle, forcing outside sweeps and short passes. The Panther’s deepest penetration came late in the third period as the Cats drove the ball to the T-Bolt 30-yard line, only to come up short on a fourth and 15. The Panthers never gave up as Charlie Whitehead connected to Clayton Archuletta for several passes only to be denied with penalties. Whitehead’s arm was the most dominant gun on the field and he proved he can lop the ball downfield in an instant. Archuletta, Jacob Wiggins and Steve Ruiz also have the speed to break open any play, making the Panther team the underdog who should not be taken lightly.
The Panther’s next game will be at Custer County tomorrow. The Cougars lost a close one to Rocky Ford last week, 15-12.
WALSENBURG- The John Mall Junior High Grizzlies have been silently rolling up the scores the past several weeks and have compiled a 7-0 record. They beat Rye 44-0 earlier this season and most recently beat the Las Animas Vikings 58-0. Everyone who witnessed the game says the Grizzlies dominated both sides of the ball. JM got on the boards with 1:25 remaining in the first off a Brandon Vigil 35-yard TD romp. Anthony Ortiz made the PAT.
The second quarter saw plenty of action as Andre Ortiz scored from 10 yards, John Paul Vigil caught a 35-yard touchdown pass and Zach Blair scored on a 20-yard scamper around the end. Dylan Tenerio scored the PAT. By the half, the Grizzlies had opened up a 30-0 lead.
Andre Ortiz opened the third quarter scoring with a 70-yard kickoff return. He also scored on the PAT. Clayton Berger got in the action scoring a touchdown himself as the Grizzlies continued to dominate the field. An interception also lead to a Vigil touchdown with Jordon Bobian scoring the point after. Michael Ryan Griego closed out the scoring with the game’s final touchdown.
The Grizzlies’ defense has been dominant with their powerful linebackers, John Paul Vigil and Jacob Pino. In all, every member of the team has been crucial to the team’s success this season. The Grizzlies will close out their season in Trinidad today. The coaches for the Grizzlies are Tobias DeHerrera, Art Ortiz and Santiago Bobian.
Warriors on Rampage
PUEBLO- Both Warrior teams came away with victories this weekend. The fifth and sixth grade team started the action with a 33-6 win over the Rattlers. In the first quarter, Destry Crockett scored a TD and Kyle Brooks ran in the PAT, quickly followed by Javier "Buddy" Romero scoring another TD making it 13-0 at end of quarter. During the second quarter, Romero scored two more TD’s. The Rattlers got their only TD of the game right before the half ended, making the score 26-6. The final scoring came in the third quarter with Crockett running in a TD and Brooks scoring the PAT for a final score of 33-6.
The third and fourth grade team scored in the first quarter as Jonathan Andreatta scored 2 TD′s and Alex Berger scored the PAT′s. Trevor Warren also scored a touchdown and PAT. The Rattlers managed to score 2 TD’s making the score at the end of first quarter 21-13. That was as close as the score would get. During the second quarter Berger scored a TD with Marshal Ross catching a pass to score the PAT. Warren once again scored a TD and PAT.. The Warriors added nine more points to their score in the third. The team’s final two points would come from a safety. The Rattlers scored once again making the final 44-26. For the Warriors, the competitive spirit of peewee football is what fall is all about.
Lady Redskins Struggling
LA VETA/SANFORD- The Redskin volleyball team struggled this past weekend, dropping two games to league leader, Sangre De Cristo, then to Sanford.
On Thursday, it looked like the Lady Skins would dominate the Thunderbirds in a seesaw battle. Shelby Morgan and Shea Brgoch dominated the hardwood with unanswerable kills, but blocking and hitting errors enabled the Thunderbirds to win the first match 25-23. In their second match, the T-Birds opened up a five-point advantage which was never relinquished and the Skins fell 25-14. By the third match, La Veta gained the momentum with great defensive volleys and powerful hitting by Brgoch. Jo Beth Willhoite pulled balls off the floor, controlled the sets and set up La Veta’s offense as the Skins rolled to a 25-17 victory. La Veta seemed on the road to victory, but fatigue set in and the Birds came back with 8 straight points by Beiriger to take the final game and match 25-23.
On Saturday, La Veta traveled to Sanford and played one of their tightest matches of the season. In the end, La Veta lost in five matches, 23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 24-26 and 13-15. According to Coach Bree Lessar. “Our defense is competitive with every other defense in the district. This week we will be working on our blocking skills.”
The Skins will play at home tomorrow against Sargent then travel to Center on Thursday.
Golfers End Season
ELIZABETH– Franklin Geiser and Jake Ferrari of La Veta and Justin Eccher of John Mall competed in the 2008 -3A State Golf tournament held this past Monday and Tuesday at Spring Valley golf course. While the trio finished in the middle of the pack, they competed in high school’s largest tournament with the best players in the state. Geiser shot a two- day total of 93-95 (171). Ferrari shot 92-96 while Eccher shot 92-97. The tournament winner shot a three over par. Congratulations fellows.