In a game that saw several delays because of nearby lightning strikes, the Pagosa Springs Pirate football team lost to the Monte Vista Pirates by a final score of 20-7.
“We did have over an hour and a half delay,” coach Scott Spoede described last week’s game, “and there was some rain, but not much. I would not say that the weather and lightning delay were a factor in how we did last week. Both teams had to put up with the same elements equally.”
By the end of the first quarter, neither team had managed to score, but Pagosa allowed Monte to chalk up seven points before halftime without a response. In fact, it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Pagosa finally got a touchdown of their own. Unfortunately, Monte also added 13 points in the last quarter.
“We committed too many mental mistakes in this game and it showed,” the coach admitted. “We would do some good things on offense, but almost never finished a drive.”
Quarterback Marcos Quezada took the option eight times, carrying the ball himself a total of 37 yards — including one for a touchdown — and completed six out of 17 passes for 142 yards, including an 87-yard passing play to freshman Keaton Laverty.
However, Quezada also threw two interceptions, which kept the team from scoring when they could, and should, have.
Besides Laverty, Abree Candelaria, Tate Drane and J.C. Parsons also caught passes, for 30, 24 and 1 yard(s), respectively, while Parsons also got credit for 61 rushing yards on 11 carries. Caden Henderson and Tyler Cowan chalked up some rushing yardage, as well.
As for the defensive side of the game, Spoede said, “We had too many blown assignments and senseless penalties.”
However, three players went into double digits as far as total number of tackles — both Alonso Hernandez and Ryan McInnis had six solo tackles and five assists, while Chase Patane had seven solo tackles and three assists. Quezada actually put up the most solo tackles with eight, and gave one assist. In addition, Drane pulled down one interception and Connor Brown scooped up one fumble and ran it back for 35 yards.
On special teams, Patane had two kickoffs, one for 44 yards and the other for 25, while Fredrick McRee had to punt the ball eight times for a total of 257 yards. Quezada kicked the extra-point field goal after his own touchdown. Quezada had two kickoff returns for 46 yards and Parsons had one for 18. Parsons also returned two punts for 20 yards, as did Clay Aucoin, and Quezada returned one for 17.
The Pirates will take on Alamosa tomorrow night for the homecoming game. The Mean Moose come to Golden Peaks Stadium with a 1-3 win-loss record after last week’s 27-21 loss to Trinidad.
“Going into league play, it boils down to how we will prepare mentally for our opponents,” the coach concluded. “I still have confidence in our boys and their capabilities. This is a special group who still do not fully realize what they are capable of.”