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Demons slog through for another win

September 24, 2018

How long was the Bernalillo-Santa Fe High football game Friday night?

Well, the coronation of the homecoming court was the quickest thing about it.

A game that kicked off just a tick after 7 p.m. didn’t end until 9:58 p.m. when Damian Gutierrez’s 63-yard field goal try fell well short. In between, the teams combined for only three touchdowns and two Santa Fe High safeties, but they more than made up for that with a combined 30 penalties for 230 yards. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the flag flew five times in the final 80 seconds of the game.

There were also delays for the chain gang, which was at times slow to set the first-down marker. At one point in the second quarter, the Demons enjoyed a 9-yard marker instead of 10. On the final play of the game, the gang inexplicably moved back three yards on the final play — a fourth-and-13 play.

At the end of the night, though, the Demons improved to 2-3 and accomplished something remarkable for a program that suffered through a 35-game losing streak until just two weeks ago. They have the second-best record among District 2-5A teams (Los Alamos is 3-1, Capital fell to 1-3-1 after a 38-12 loss to Moriarty and Albuquerque Del Norte is 1-4 after winning its first game of the year against Albuquerque Highland, 55-14)

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Those waiting to see how Class 2A cross-country might play out got a taste of it Saturday at Pecos’ Ron Valdez Memorial Invitational. Navajo Pine beat Pecos 40-69 to take the meet title. The Warriors had four runners in the top seven, compared to the Panthers’ three. Pecos also had its No. 4 and 5 runners, Keith Flores and Isaac Gonzales, finish 49 seconds and 1:14, respectively, behind No. 3 runner Angel Varela-Gonzales.

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With the district soccer season underway in 1A/3A, now is a good time to handicap the state tournament field. On the boys side, District 2-1A/3A should get four teams into the 12-team tournament (Bosque School, Sandia Prep, St. Michael’s and Las Vegas Robertson) and Santa Fe Prep has an outside shot at a bottom seed despite a 1-6 start. In 1-1A/3A, the district winner (which looks like Monte del Sol, Tierra Encantada or Rehoboth) gets an automatic bid, but the other two teams look to be in good standing for an at-large bid.

As for the girls, 2-1A/3A is looking at five bids solidly locked into place, while 1-1A/3A has some intrigue. Academy for Technology and the Classics, at 5-0, is a dark horse candidate to upend the Navajo Prep-Rehoboth showdown for the district title. If the Phoenix come up short, though, they should have a strong enough résumé to get in, considering there are only 15 teams in the class and one — West Las Vegas — plays as an independent.

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Pojoaque Valley graduate and former St. Michael’s and Capital player Chross Jaramillo got his first start at quarterback for Ridgewater College, which lost to Dakota College 24-6.

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