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Colt football battles to the end in season finale


NMMI Sports Press

nmmibroncos2013reversedHATCH — The Colt football team came into the first playoff game of the season the No. 12 seed: meaning they had nothing to lose and a lot to gain should they come out on top.

They didn’t — falling 64-35 to Hatch Valley — but they showed the No. 5 team they’d come a long way since the beginning of the season, never letting the Bears get far enough ahead to completely breathe easy.

It was a game in which defense appeared somewhat optional on both sides of the ball, but even though it was the season finale for the Colts, coach Randy Montoya was proud of his team.

“There ain’t no doubt,” he said. “Our defense has been our Achille’s heel. It’s one of those things. We tried different things and moved a couple of kids around. It just is what it is. I’m just proud of these kids: how we fought through the year. We’ve come a long way from the beginning all the way to the end and the fact that we just kept fighting there at the end.”

Hatch drew first blood with a field goal just 68 seconds into the match, but NMMI took its first and only lead less than a minute later when Fausto Baranzini had a 53-yard carry to make it 7-3 Colts.

Two Bear carries for touchdowns made it 17-7 after one quarter, then they stretched it to 24-7 just 17 seconds into the second quarter.

But the Colts came back with 6:10 left in the half on a pass from Gavin Maloney to Christian Padilla, closing the gap to 24-14 before Hatch added another pair of runs to end the half up 38-14.

The third quarter started the same way the first two did, with a fairly quick score, this time by NMMI, which saw a 48-yard Maloney to Padilla pass tighten the game to 38-21. The teams then traded TDs, with Hatch scoring on yet another carry and the Colts following suit, as Maloney took it in from the 2 with no time left on the clock to make it 45-28 at the half.

The Bears got back-to-back scores to open the fourth, the first on a run and the second on their first passing TD of the game.

NMMI continued to hang in there with a 27-yard pass from Maloney to Dillon Reynolds, making it 58-35 before a final Bear touchdown wrapped up the game.

And it might have been even closer, but Montoya wanted to give seniors Benjamin Morr and Reynolds a chance to contribute to a score, and they did on the last Colt TD.

NMMI tallied some solid stats in their season closer.

Ivan Brewer was 6-for-6 in PATs, one of several perfect games he’s had. And while Hatch hasd 621 yards offensively to the Colts 432, NMMI won the battle in the air, picking up 246 yards passing, all but 37 of those from Maloney.

Padilla had 159 yards and two TDs on receptions, and Baranzini led the Colt rushing with 122 yards.

The season may be over for the Colts — and the high school career of a dozen of NMMI’s senior players — but Montoya was happy with the was the season went.

“I’m proud of these kids,” he said. “It’s been a heck of a year. Heck of a grind and I apologize for all the yelling and the screaming I do at them, but the fact of the matter is they just kept fighting. And for them to be out here; be a cadet; be a student athlete, it ain’t easy, and I’m proud of these kids and what they’ve become.”

Stream info: Colt football at Hatch, 11-Nov-16

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Colt football heads to Hatch for post-season play

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

ctfootnavbarheader3After playing their best ball when it counted — as the season drew to a close — the Colt football team has earned a spot in the state playoffs.

NMMI comes in as the No. 12 seed, giving them a road trip to Hatch Valley Friday. But no matter the seeding, coach Randy Montoya is happy to get another weekend on the gridiron.

“There ain’t no doubt, it’s always an honor to get in to the post season,” he said. “That’s always your goal is to get to the championship. Just the way we started out this year and the way we came together at the end, it’s good to get another week to play.”

The Bears come into the matchup as the No. 5 seed with an 8-2 record. Their losses comes to Benson, Ariz., and District 3-4A champ Cobre, who’s seeded just above Hatch at No. 4.

Montoya said they’re a good team in a tough district, but gives the Colts a good chance.

“We’ve got our hands full, but I like our chances the way we’ve been gelling together these past three, four weeks,” he said. “If we come out ready to play, I think we can make a run out of it.”

Montoya said the Bears have a good running back, wide receivers with good size, but their quarterback, Shane Cooper Carson, “just makes it really all go.” Hatch is a run first team, but has tall receivers they can throw to “to keep you honest. They’re a good all-around team, and hopefully we’ll be up for the challenge.”

NMMI comes into the game healthy and ready to go, hoping to continue to play the way they have the past two weeks.

“At this point in the season, it’s who can limit the mistakes and stay focused through the entire four quarters. That’s what we’re going for this week,” Montoya said. “We just need four full quarters and whatever happens, happens. As long as we can leave it all out there and know we gave it our best shot, we can live with that.”

Colt football finished with solid effort vs. Portales

Early in the first quarter, NMMI’s Christian Padilla makes a TD-saving tackle on Portales running back Marc Lovato. Photo by Laura Brown.

Early in the first quarter, NMMI’s Christian Padilla makes a TD-saving tackle on Portales running back Marc Lovato. Photo by Laura Brown.


Karen Boehler

NMMI Sports Press

Nigel Grubbs with the take-down of Portales quarterback Junior Ramirez. Photo by Laura Brown.

Nigel Grubbs with the take-down of Portales quarterback Junior Ramirez. Photo by Laura Brown.

Whether the Colt football team will get another week tacked onto its season is now up to the coaches who make the seedings. But despite losing to No. 2 Portales 40-16 Friday, NMMI played well, and coach Randy Montoya is proud of how they played.

“We were right there,” he said. “We were knocking and we should have punched it in, but regardless, it’s been the story of our season. We’re just right there, real close to everything. But it is what it is. I’m proud of these kids. We started with 70. We’re down to 24. So it’s just been one heck of a ride. Just proud of these guys and proud of the effort they’ve given all year.”

NMMI wide receiver Christian Padilla can't quite get to a Maloney pass in the corner of the end zone. Photo by Laura Brown.

NMMI wide receiver Christian Padilla can’t quite get to a Maloney pass in the corner of the end zone. Photo by Laura Brown.

The Colts opening possession ended in a three-and-out punt, then the Rams ate up much of the rest of the stanza, driving from their own 47 to the end zone, where they went up 7-0.

But NMMI came back with an eight-play, 60-yard drive that ended when Fausto Baranzini dove in from the one. A good kick by Ivan Brewer, and the game was knotted at 7-all.

Portales started their next drive in the first quarter and ended in the second with their next TD, but the Colts turned right back around and scored, these points coming on an 11-yard pass from Gavin Maloney to Jake Guerreo with 6:08 left in the half.

But this time, the PAT kick by Brewer was no good, and NMMI trailed 14-13.

NMMI defensive back Connor Roe come up to break up a pass intended for Ram Thomas Tulk. Photo by Laura Brown.

NMMI defensive back Connor Roe come up to break up a pass intended for Ram Thomas Tulk. Photo by Laura Brown.

Continuing the back-and-forth scoring, Portales came back on their next drive to make it 20-13, but their attempt at a PAT run was no good, giving the Colts fans hope the game would once again be tied.

And that almost happened, as NMMI started on their own 33 and made it all the way to the Portales 6. But with the clock running down, two Maloney passes — one to Christian Padilla and another to Guerrero — fell incomplete, and the Colts opted for the field goal, leaving the score at 20-16 heading into the locker room.

And the second half was all Portales; NMMI came close but couldn’t quite punch the ball in.

NMMI quarterback Gavin Maloney with the stiff arm to break free for some extra rushing yardage. Photo by Laura Brown.

NMMI quarterback Gavin Maloney with the stiff arm to break free for some extra rushing yardage. Photo by Laura Brown.

At 7:46 in the third, the Rams made it 27-16, then intercepted a Maloney pass at 3:49 and drove to the Colt 16 as the stanza ended. They made it 34-16 just 40 seconds into the fourth quarter. NMMI then drove to the Portales 4, but the home team couldn’t get across the line, turning it over on downs.

The Rams then ate up the rest of the clock before scoring again with :29 left in the game, and the clock simply ran out on the Colts.

Montoya was proud of how his team played.

“I’ve always been proud of these guys,” he said. “It’s been a tough road, ain’t no doubt. We’ve got a lot of inexperienced young kids, but they gave us everything they’ve got and that’s all I can ever ask for.”

NMMI only picked up 126 yards on the ground — far short of the 407 tallied by Portales — with Baranzini picking up 79 yards, but Maloney passed for 181 yards to the Ram’s 84. Guerrero had 95 yards receiving and Christian Padilla 64.

Whether the Colts will play again is a question that won’t be answered until Sunday, but Montoya said his team has proven they should by in the playoffs.

“This team has made great strides from the very beginning,” he said. “We fought hard in every single game. Would we like to have things back? Of course, but again, whatever happens. I’m proud of this team. I’m proud of the way they fought all year. And again, Lord willing, we do get one more week.”

The seniors on the Colt football team were honored at halftime. Left to right:  Jake Guerrero, Christian Padilla, Fausto Baranzini, Alberto Morales, Donovan Cuellar, Christian Taylor, Dillon Reynolds, Marco Varela and Victor Salame. Not pictured in Benjamin Morr. Photo by Lauara Brown

The seniors on the Colt football team were honored at halftime. Left to right: Jake Guerrero, Christian Padilla, Fausto Baranzini, Alberto Morales, Donovan Cuellar, Christian Taylor, Dillon Reynolds, Marco Varela and Victor Salame. Not pictured in Benjamin Morr. Photo by Laura Brown.

Colt football gets huge victory over Hope Christian

Quarterback Gavin Maloney ran in one TD, threw to Jake Guerrero for another and missed a third that was called back on a holding penalty. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

Quarterback Gavin Maloney ran in one TD, threw to Jake Guerrero for another and missed a third that was called back on a holding penalty. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

Jake Guerrero ran in a touchdown in the Colts big victory over Hope Christian Saturday in Albuquerque. He was one of seven different Colts to score in the game. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

Jake Guerrero ran in a touchdown in the Colts big victory over Hope Christian Saturday in Albuquerque. He was one of seven different Colts to score in the game. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

ALBUQUERQUE — The Colt football team may have secured itself a berth in post-season play Saturday with a huge 49-14 victory over Hope Christian at Milne Stadium.

It was, said coach Randy Montoya, the best all-around effort of the season.

“I just told the guys that I was proud of them,” he said. “There was no doubt I knew what this team was capable of. All the yelling; all the arguments; all the pushing in practice is because the coaching staff knew this potential we had. There ain’t no doubt we came out and played for four quarters: offense, defense and special teams. Just a complete game, and it’s been long overdue for us.”

The game didn’t start on the best of notes, as the Huskies scored on their first possession when sophomore Vince Quezada drove in from the two.

Fausto Baranzini scored the first touchdown of the day for the Colts. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

Fausto Baranzini scored the first touchdown of the day for the Colts. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

“It was frustrating, their first series, because we kind of let it slip away, let them score, so I thought, ‘Oh, no,’” Montoya said. “But the kids buckled down and executed and it’s just great from there.”

It was, as a half-dozen different Colts scored on a variety of plays.

It took NMMI just two plays to tie the game at 7-7 on a carry by Fausto Baranzini and the first of seven good point-after kicks by Ivan Brewer.

The Colt defense forced Hope to punt on their next chance, then made it 14-7 with 1:05 left in the first quarter when Gavin Maloney carried it for 27 yards, running down the right side virtually untouched.

Christian Padilla makes a catch and runs it into the end zone. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

Christian Padilla makes a catch and runs it into the end zone. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

Just 41 seconds into the second quarter, Christian Padilla had a 36-yard carry to make it 21-7 then, less than 30 seconds later, after a huge kick by Brewer put the ball at the Husky 7, Carl Forkel recovered a fumble in the end zone to make it 28-7.

After both teams were forced to punt to open the third — a 58-yard run by Maloney that appeared to be another TD was called back on a holding penalty — the Colts came back on their next possession with a 95-yard Maloney TD pass to senior Jake Guerrero.

One of NMMI’s few mistakes came late in the third on a fumble that Hope recovered, but after moving the chains several times with first downs and running out the clock in the third quarter, the Huskies threw yet another interception. Louis Villanueva took the pick 45 yards, just missing the score when he was pushed out of bounds at the four. Two plays later, lineman Christian Taylor barreled into the end zone as part of the ‘big backs’ goal line offense and NMMI had an overwhelming 42-7 lead.

Christian Taylor scored with a 3-yard plunge after Louis Villanueva picked off a HUsky pass and took it to the 4-yard line. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

Christian Taylor scored with a 3-yard plunge after Louis Villanueva picked off a Husky pass and took it to the 4-yard line. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

The second and final Husky touchdown came three plays later on a 55-yard run by Quezada — who also kicked both extra points — but after recovering a little pooch kick, the Colts scored their final TD on a carry by Jalil-Javon Brown.

“Great game. Great team effort all the way across and just tickled to death that we came out,” Montoya said. “We’ve been very sluggish on Saturday afternoons since I’ve been at NMMI, and the way we came out, I’m just tickled to death.”

Carl Forkel celebrates after getting a touchdown by recovering a fumble in the end zone. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

Carl Forkel celebrates after getting a touchdown by recovering a fumble in the end zone. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

The Colts weren’t perfect, with holding penalties one of the biggest problems — four holding calls on one drive pushed NMMI way back, stopping a possible score — but Montoya said that’s just something to work on.

“Most of the kids who got called, they usually don’t, so we’ll watch the film and try to get better,” he said. “There is no perfect game. We can always learn and try to do the best we can but yeah, too many penalties to be happy with everything. We’ll just continue to get better and work at it.”

Jalil-Javon Brown got the last Colt touchdown of the afternoon, carrying the ball in from the 20. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

Jalil-Javon Brown got the last Colt touchdown of the afternoon, carrying the ball in from the 20. Photo courtesy Dave Sanchez

The Colts (3-6, 1-2) host No. 3-ranked Portales Nov. 4, and win or lose, the victory on Hope’s last game of the season means NMMI will almost certainly move up in the post-season standings. The Huskies came into the game at No. 9, with NMMI at 13. Plus, several teams in the top 10 lost Friday — including No. 2 Hatch Valley, No. 4 Moriarty and No. 8 West Las Vegas — which has Montoya thinking positive.

“With some of the wins and losses last night in the state in our classification, it’s wide open,” he said. “It’s who’s rolling at the right time, and Lord willing, we’re rolling right now and hopefully we can keep it rolling. Who knows what can happen.”