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Colts Rushing attack takes down Tigers

Charles Lewis breaks a tackle in route to one of his two touchdowns on the night.

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Jalil Brown stiff arms a Tiger to find open space for a big gain.

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt football team defeated Hot Springs High School 34-12 on Friday at Colt Field on the campus of NMMI.

The Colts scored at the 10:40 mark of the first quarter of the game on a 46 yard rush by Charles Lewis to give the Colts a 7-0 lead. Hot Springs were pinned to their one yard line when they fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Roberto Laporte in the end zone for a touchdown with 6:09 left to go in the first quarter.

The Tigers got a touchdown in the second quarter, but the Colts answered back on a Jalil Brown reverse for 36 yards for the score. And the 21-6 lead at the half.

Charles Lewis scored his second touchdown in the third quarter on a 38 yard scamper to give the Colts a 28-12 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

NMMI was the only team to score in the fourth as Daniel Xibille rushed in a score from 30 yards away to give NMMI a 34-12 victory.

The Colts had 389 yards on the ground for the game while combining 400 plus yards on offense for the game.  The Colts had an average of 10.1 yards

Jasper Best had 13 carries for 92 yards on the night.

per play.

Charles Lewis ran the ball eight times for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Jasper Best had 92 yards on 13 rushing attempts and Jalil Brown carried eight times for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Head Colt Football coach Randy Montoya was pleased with the team after the game.

Coach Montoya said, “The kids ran and blocked hard. It was a team effort and we played a quality opponent in our classification. Brown and Lewis made some highlight reel plays out there for us tonight, but it all starts with the offensive line they did a great job tonight.”

The Colts play the Loving Falcons in loving next Friday on the 28th of September at 7:00 PM.

Montoya said, “If we keep running the ball like we have been we have a shoot to win, but we will look at Loving and see what they are all about in the next week.”

Colts defense stops Bobcats

Senior DB Jorge Iruretagoyena with INT and 60-yard return for the Colts’ second touchdown of the game. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

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The New Mexico Military Institute Colt football team defeated the Hagerman Bobcats 17-8 in Hagerman on Friday evening.

Senior RB Jalil Brown posted 35 yards on 7 carries and also scored the first NMMI TD, taking back the opening kickoff 85 yards to pay-dirt. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Two big plays were the story for the game. The Colts started off the game receiving the kickoff and Jalil Brown returned the kick off 85 yards for the Colt touchdown to give them an early 7-0 lead.

The other big play was a pick six by Jorge Iruretagoyena for 60 yards for a touchdown. The Colts would tack on a field goal as time ran out for the half to head into the locker room up 17-0.

The Bobcats would score in the final seconds of the game to avoid the shutout as the Colts win 17-8.

Head football coach Randy Montoya was pleased with his defense.
“I am proud of the way the defense played, said Montoya it took them a little while to get used to the speed Hagerman brings to the field.”
Coach Montoya said to win games the players need to take care of the football.

Colt RB Charles Lewis had a solid night, rushing for 84 yards on 12 carries. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

“We can’t have mistakes on offense like we did today, said Montoya we have to limit the mistakes and get better at protecting the football.”
The Colts next game will be home against the Hot Springs Tigers (3-1) at Colt Field.

Colts come back at Texico for second straight win

NMMI running back Charles Lewis tips the pylon for the Colt’s second touchdown against Texico, making it a 14-12 ballgame early in the third quarter. Photo courtesy Rodney Austin

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Quarterback sack by the NMMI defense.

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt football team earned their second straight victory of the season – and their first on the road – coming from behind against Texico for a 25-14 win.

The start of the game looked bleak, with NMMI giving up two touchdowns to the Wolverines in the first quarter, one on Texico’s opening drive, and another on their third possession with 3:47 left in the period.

“I was disappointed with the way we came out to start the game,” said head Colt coach Randy Montoya. “Not sure if was just because it was the first away game of the season, or what, but we got in the hole quick and had some major adversity.”

The Wolverines racked up just under 100 yards of total offense in that initial quarter, including 80+ yards on the ground, most of it to Texico starting tailback Chris Harrison, who had both TDs, one rushing and one through the air.

NMMI QB Jasper Best back to pass. Best threw for 47 yards on five completions and 11 attempts against Texico.

But the Institute tightened up their defense, got the ball back to their offense – and big O-linemen up front – and put together a 10-play, 51-yard touchdown drive of their own, eating up over six minutes of the clock to make it a 14-6 ballgame with 6:06 remaining the second quarter. Senior quarterback Jasper Best capped the drive with an 8-yard scramble into the end zone. The extra point attempt was blocked, and that’s where the score stayed at halftime.

At the start of the third quarter, NMMI put together another 51-yard drive in seven plays. This time it was Charles Lewis tipping the left pylon on a 6-yard pitch sweep to pay-dirt. The two-point conversion pass from Best to junior fullback Gus Curnutt was incomplete, however, and NMMI still trailed, 14-12.

NMMI scored again less than five minutes later to put them out in front. Junior linebacker Arturo Genda intercepted a Texico pass to give NMMI possession at their own 47. Seven running plays later, Curnutt plunged across the goal line on a 6-yard dive up the middle, putting NMMI up 18-14, with 4:04 left in the third. Another attempt at the two-point conversion failed.

The NMMI defense forced a quick four-in-out on the Wolverine’s next possession. The Institute offense then went to work. They didn’t manage to score, but they did consume almost eight minutes of the clock on a 15-play, 62-yard drive which stalled on a failed fourth and four try on the Texico 16 yard line.

Junior lineman Colton Claypool comes off the field after an NMMI offensive drive. At 5-11 and 305 pounds, Claypool is one of the big reasons for the success of NMMI offensive unit.

With 3:54 remaining in regulation, Texico got the ball back, but managed just two yards in four downs against the stingy Colt defense.

NMMI regained possession at the Wolverine 18 and Lewis rushed in for his second TD of the night three plays later to ensure the ‘W’. Junior placekicker Amjad Hamza kicked the conversion over the crossbar, making the final 25-14.

“I’m proud of the how the kids responded,” said coach Montoya. “In the second half, we kind of just imposed our will, did a great job up front, and the running backs ran hard.”

NMMI collected 258 total yard of offense in the win, while giving up just 131 total yards to Texico. Curnutt was again NMMI’s top rusher with 77 yards on 16 carriers, but halfbacks Lewis and senior Jalil Brown were close behind with 69 yards on 10 attempts and 61 yards on 15 rushes, respectively.

The win puts NMMI at 2-1 on the year, while Texico drops to 1-2. Next up for the Colts will be another away game, against the Hagerman Bobcats on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7:00 PM MDT.

“We’ve got another road-test against a scrappy Hagerman team” said Montoya. “We’ll relish this win this weekend, then get back to getting better and improving come Monday.”

Colts hang on for first win against Tigers

Gus Curnutt (21) was the lead rusher for the Colts with 94 yards and two TDs on 16 carries.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Colt football team evened up their record, 1-1, by defeating the visiting Capitan Tigers [0-2] at home on Colt Field.

Daniel Xibille finds some running room on a quarterback scramble.

Neither offense could get points on the board in the first quarter, but in the second quarter the Colts struck first.

After the Colts stopped the Tigers fourth down on their own eight yard line, Gus Curnutt ran it into the end zone for a Colt touchdown to give them a 6-0 lead with 5:56 to go in the half. Curnutt would strike pay-dirt for a second time with 2:56 to go in the half, on an 18 yard rush to give the Colts a 12-0 lead at the half.

In the third quarter Jasper Best plunged past the goal line on a three-yard quarterback keeper, increasing the Institute lead, 19-0,with 2:59 to go in the third quarter.

Capitan would get a couple of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a score at the very end of the game after a forward fumble was recovered by the Tigers in the end zone. But NMMI survived the last-quarter Tiger onslaught to earn their first ‘W’ of the season, 19-12.

QB Jasper Best under pressure, airs out a pass down the sideline.

“I was very happy with the start,” said head Colt football coach Randy Montoya, “but we need to finish better. I was not happy with the last quarter of play. But we’ll take the ‘W’ any chance we get.”

Coach Montoya was quite pleased with his team’s running game, and noted the improvement overall from last week’s loss to Fort Sumner.

“Our running backs ran hard and our offensive line did a great job in giving them holes. Hopefully we continue to get better each week. It’s just going to take time.”

Up next for the Colts will be their first road game of the year against the Texico Wolverines [1-1] on Friday, September 9th at 7:00 PM.

Colts fall in season opener

Daniel Xibille breaks through the line for positive rushing yardage in the second quarter.


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NMMI QB Jasper Best scrambles for a first down late in the third quarter.

New Mexico Military Institute Colt head football coach Randy Montoya said his team needs to forget Friday night’s 48-0 loss to Fort Sumner/House.

“Learn fast and push forward,” Montoya stated after the Colts’ opened the 2018 campaign on the NMMI campus in Roswell.

During the first quarter the Colts held the Foxes in check, but in the second period the visiting team scored 34 points as junior quarterback Jude Segura threw touchdown passes to Noah Maxwell, Kane Burney and Francisco Chavez.

In the third quarter, Segura found Chavez again and the Fox defense recovered a Daniel Xibille fumble to give the visiting side some insurance.

Fort Sumner’s Kane Burney with the pass reception for a first down in the first half, Joshua Lopez on defense for NMMI.

Turnovers by the offense were a concern for Montoya as the Colts had five fumbles and the Foxes were able to pick up three of the miscues. NMMI quarterback Jasper Best had one interception too.

Despite the offensive troubles, Montoya saw a positive in the Colts defensive play. NMMI gave up 128 net yards rushing and 218 net yards passing.

“The defense, we hung in there,” Montoya said. “There were some positive things, we’ve got to get better.”

Coming into the season Montoya’s goals were, “to have a team that’s competitive and win some games.”

Best completed two passes for 11 yards and the Colt running game had 26 carries for 74 net yards. Roswell junior Gus Curnutt was the leading rusher with 10 carries for 45 yards.

The Colts return to action Aug. 31 hosting Capitan. Between now and then, Montoya and his squad will get back to work.

“And correct things we are doing wrong,” Montoya said.