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Colts can’t slow Cobre, lose 48-33 in first round of AAA State

NMMI QB Daniel Xibille gets the corner on a keeper in the first half against Cobre. The Colts lost the first-round AAA State Playoff game 48-33. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colts lost a shootout on Saturday to visiting Cobre High School, 48-33.

NMMI was tapped as the No. 7 seed in the 12-team NMAA Class AAA Football State Championship bracket, earning a first-round home game against the No. 10 Cobre Indians.

The Colts managed the first points of the game, needing just six plays to move 34 yards into the end zone, capitalizing on a fumble on Cobre’s first possession of the game. Sophomore QB Daniel Xibille got credit for the TD from 1 yard out, after a pair nice gains by senior RB Arturo Cuen and a trio of rushes by junior RB Carlos Retamoza. NMMI missed the PAT kick to go up 6-0 with 8:50 left in the first quarter.

Cobre came back, however, with touchdowns and PATs on both of their next drives: one for 11 plays and 57 yards; the next a seven-play, 92-yard affair, capped by a 65-yard pass-and-catch from QB Esquiel Dominguez to Enrique Quinteros. Those scores gave the Indians a 14-6 lead to close out the initial period.

Xibille got NMMI back to within two on a 64-yard option keeper, but the PAT pass attempt for the tie failed, making it 14-12 in favor of Cobre with 11:09 left to play in the first half.

Cobre quickly scored again, using the same Dominguez-to-Quinteros combo, this time for a 71-yard TD. Indians up 21-12 with 10:40 left in the second.

The Institute came right back, mounting a 10-play, 71-yard drive that took nearly 5 minutes off the clock, Xibille with his third rushing TD of the game from 3-yards out. This time the PAT kick was good: Cobre still up 21-19, with 5:42 still in the half.

But Cobre closed out the half with two unanswered touchdowns. The first was after a 12-play 52-yard drive that took the clock down to just 33 ticks. The next came after an Institute fumble. Two plays and 20 yards later gave the Indians a 35-19 lead going into the locker rooms.

The Colts made it a ball-game again by scoring on their opening possession of the second half. Three rushes by Cuen, and another by Xibille, advanced the ball 61 yards into pay dirt. Cuen got the TD this time, from eight yards out. He also got the rushing PAT for two, to make it 35-27 with 10:54 left in the third.

Another Dominguez pass to Quinteros, however, increased Cobre’s lead, and after a missed PAT kick, it was 41-27.

NMMI’s next possession was halted on the Indian 46 after an Institute fumble. Cobre again capitalized, going 46 yards on 11 plays for their final points of the game, and also taking five precious minutes off the clock.

The Colts were down 48-27 with a minute-and-change left in the third. They drove down to the Cobre eight yard line, but came up empty after another fumble and turnover.

NMMI’s final score came on a pick-six. Sophomore defensive end Diego Hernandez jumped up to snag an attempted screen pass, then scrambled 60 yards into the end zone.

Down 48-33 with 4:15 remaining, the Institute tried and failed an onside kick.  NMMI did get the ball back twice more – once on an interception by junior DB Oscar Gomez, and again after an Indian punt – but were unable to put any more points on the board.

NMMI racked up 432 total yards on offense against Cobre: 307 yards on the ground and another 125 in the air. Xibille was NMMI top gainer on the ground with 134 total yards and 3 TDs on 14 attmepts. Cuen had 79 yards and a TD on 10 carries; senior FB Gus Curnutt had 4 rushes for 39 yards; and Retamoza ran siz times for 38.

Gomez and junior RB Diego Bustamante were Xibille’s top targets, both catching three passes for 46 yards.

With the playoff loss, NMMI finishes the season with a 6-5 overall record.

Colts close out season with win against Tucumcari

NMMI running back Carlos Retamoza breaks through the Rattler defensive line into open field on one of his nine rushes for 80 yards. Retamoza also had one rushing TD in the game. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.


NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt football team defeated the Tucumcari Rattlers 30-0 at Colt Field on Friday night.

The win brings the Colts to 6-4 on the season and 1-2 in Class 3A District 4 standings.

The Colts got on the board first after the Rattlers went three and out to start the game. Daniel Xibille led NMMI on a seven play 55 yard drive which ended on a one yard rush by Xibille with 5:57 left in the first quarter. After another three and out stand by the defense Xibille added a 39 yard field goal at the end of the quarter for the Colts to go up 10-0.

Andrew Oldfield hit pay dirt next for the Colts to cap an eight play 50 yard drive and give NMMI the 16-0 lead with 6:11 until halftime. NMMI compiled a six play 76 yard drive to score with a minute left before the half. Xibille hit Gus Curnutt in the flat and he did the rest to get into the end zone for a 24-0 Colt lead. NMMI converted the two point conversion on a Xibille pass to Diego Hernandez.

NMMI’s last score happened on their first drive of the second half as Carlos Retamoza found the end zone from 21 yards out to give the Colts the 30-0 victory.

Carlos Retamoza led NMMI in rushing with 80 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. Daniel Xibille carried six times for 64 yards and completed six passes on nine attempts including a touchdown. Gus Curnutt led the Colts in receiving with 47 yards on three receptions and a touchdown. Riley Robertson and Dixon Doherty had five tackles each for NMMI.

The NMMI defense held Tucumcari to 98 total yards and four first downs for the game. The Colts kept the Rattlers under three yards per play.

“I’m just happy for the team,” said head Colt football coach Randy Montoya. “We were able to get everybody in and get some playing time mainly for our seniors this was senior night and their last guaranteed game and we wanted to make sure we went out on a positive note. The kids played well and I am just tickled to death that we came away with another victory.”

The Colts will await their playoff seeding for the Class 3A playoffs. For more information follow us on twitter: @nmmiathletics.

Colts drop district match to Tularosa

Junior running back Carlos Retamoza with an 11 yard gain during the Colts’ sole scoring drive in the fourth quarter against the Wildcats. Photo courtesy of Christopher Mumba.


NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt football team turned in another stellar game defensively against the state’s top team in 3A, but missed opportunities led to a 22-7 loss to Tularosa at Colt Field on Friday night.

The Colts stopped an 18 play, 71 yard drive on the Wildcats first possession, forcing them to turn the ball over on downs on the Colt eight yard line.

NMMI could not get a first down on the ensuing drive and had to punt from their own 16 yard line. Tularosa’s Israel Ortega returned the ensuing kick all the way back to the NMMI 10 yard line, then scored one play later on a rush from Emilio Gonzales to go up 6-0 with 36 ticks left in the first quarter. The try for two was no good.

The defenses for both teams stood tall and did not allow any points in the second quarter, keeping that same 6-0 Wildcat lead as both squads heading into the locker rooms at halftime.

The first possession by each team in the third quarter also resulted in punts, but the Wildcats struck again on their second possession with 5:31 to go in the third on an 11 play, 71 yard drive, finished up by a six yard run by Gonzales. After a successful two-point try, Tularosa was up 14-0.

Tularosa’s third TD came with 11 minutes left in the fourth. They needed just two plays to move 42 yards into the end zone. Another try for  two was good, making it 22-0, before the Colts could come up with their own scoring drive.

NMMI moved the ball 70 yards on a 14-play drive highlighted by a pair of Daniel Xibille passes to Gus Curnutt – one for 17 yards near the start of the drive, and another on a clutch 2-yard TD on fourth down with 1:35 left in the game.

“The defense has been our backbone all year long,” said head Colt football coach Randy Montoya. “When they show up and are ready to play like they have been the past couple of weeks they give us a chance. We had our chances tonight – our offense has to pick it up. I am proud of our defense. They have come through the past couple of weeks and they help us stay in games. We are going to get better by looking at the film and hopefully get a playoff berth.”

The Colts next game will be on November 1st at 7 p.m. against the Tucumcari Rattlers. This will be the last regular season game for the Colts.

Colts take down Falcons

NMMI tailback Arturo Cuen breaks to the outside for a big gain on a rush early in the first half against Loving. Cuen finished the night with 3 TDs and 138 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Photo by Shutternut.


NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt football team moved to 5-1 on the season, defeating the visiting Loving Falcons 48-27 at Colt Field on Friday.

The Colts scored on their opening drive with Arturo Cuen punching the ball into the end zone for the first of his two one-yard plunges into paydirt. That capped a seven-play 78-yard drive. After the PAT by EuJuan Kim the Institute led 7-0 with 9:17 to go in the first quarter.

On the ensuing Loving drive, Steven Houston picked up a pick-six from 55 yards out, putting NMMI up 14-0 with 7:29 still left in the first.

Cuen scored his second one-yard TD rush to make it a 21-7 game with 6:04 remaining in the second quarter.

NMMI then scored two more unanswered touchdowns: the first on a pass from Daniel Xibille to Ricardo Mata from 19 yards out, and the second off a 37-yard Xibille QB keeper, moving the score to 34-7 with 10:50 in the third quarter.

After a Falcon touchdown, Carlos Retamoza returned the kickoff 50 yards, giving NMMI great starting field position at the Falcon 35. NMMI scored on Cuen’s third rushing touchdown of the night – this one however from 30 yards out – for a 40-14 lead with 6:02 to go in the third.

Loving managed two more touchdowns in the fourth in a comeback effort, but NMMI closed the door with a final score, this time on a Xibille pass to Diego Hernandez from two yards out, finishing up a six-play 47-yard drive. The Colts went for two and Xibille found Oscar Gomez in the corner of the end zone for the successful two-point conversion.

Cuen led the Colt offensive attack, rushing 12 times for 138 yards and the trio of TDs. Xibille had 10 rushes for 70 yards and a TD, while also throwing for a pair as well.

Head Colt football coach Randy Montoya liked what he saw from his team the first three quarters, but wanted them to finish the entire game.

“We have to maintain our focus our entire game,” said Montoya. “We did not do anything different in the fourth quarter, we were just undisciplined. And up against a team that runs the option like Loving, if we are not taking care of our responsibilities we are in trouble. We have to be better and play all four quarters, but anytime we can get a win we will take it.”

The Colts will again be at home next week, as they try and  tackle the Hope Christian Huskies at Colt Field on Friday Oct. 4. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 7:00 PM MST.

Colt defense paves way to win over Texico

NMMI’s Elijah Evans with a punt return in the first half against Texico. He had three returns for 85 yards. Photo by cadet Christopher Mumba.


NMMI Sports Press – Brian DeGruchy

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt football team improved to 3-0 on the year with a 32-21 victory over the Texico Wolverines at Colt Field on Friday night.

The first quarter was a scoreless affair by both teams although NMMI was threatening on the Texico 11 yard line when the first quarter ended. A couple of plays later the Colts scored on a pass from Daniel Xibille to Elijah Evans. Evans had fumbled the ball on the one yard line, but it was recovered by teammate Roberto Laporte in the end zone for the Colt touchdown.

The NMMI defense scored one of their two touchdowns on a fumble that was carried into the end zone by Diego Hernandez to give the Colts a 14-0 lead. Texico would answer back with a touchdown and two point conversion to close the Colt lead to 14-8. With 17 seconds left in the half Xibille found Joshua Lopez in the front corner of the end zone for a 20 yard touchdown. Xibille would then call his own number for the two point conversion to go up 22-8 at the half.

The second half started with a Texico score and extra point as they still trailed 22-15. Texico would stop the NMMI offense the next couple of drives, but the NMMI defense would step up with a pick six from Joshua Lopez from 38 yards out to widen the Colt lead 29-15. Xibille would get the last points for the Colts on a 29 yard field goal to give them the 32-21 victory.

Head Colt football coach Randy Montoya praised his defense and special teams.

Coach Montoya said, “We found a way to win. The defense got us some points and the field goal at the end of the game that was huge. Just finding a way to win at this stage is very important, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

Next week the Colts will face the Hagerman Bobcats at NMMI Colt Field on Friday Sept. 13th at 7:00 PM.