Tiger Defense Slows High-Scoring Colts
By Mike Tooley
New Mexico Military Institute’s Colts, averaging 33-points per game in their first three outings, were only able to score one touchdown against the Tigers of Hot Springs High School on Friday night, Sept. 26, in Roswell.
The closest the Colts got to the Tiger goal in the second half was the Tiger 39 yard line. They did have one touchdown called back in the second half, which was nullified by a holding penalty.
The Colt’s only other offensive score came at the beginning of the second quarter on a 23-yard field goal, and midway through the first period, a bad bounce went by a Tiger receiver on a Colt punt into the end zone. The Tigers recovered the loose ball, however, it cost them two points on a safety. If the Colts had recovered in the end zone, it would have been six points for them.
Offensively, the Tigers were unable to move the ball as they could only ring up 87 yards rushing in 27 carries, and in the passing department, Welty hit 50 percent, completing four of eight attempts for 30 yards.
Most of the game, Welty and Nick Moreno were what seemed to be targets for the Colt defense. The Colts were keying off Moreno, not allowing the Tiger runner any chance of getting into the open field, and Welty was pinned in the backfield on several occasions for minus yardage.
Cody Moore led the Tiger offense on the ground with 49 yards in five carries, and he caught one pass for 17 yards.
The Colts more than doubled the Tiger offense, running 67 total plays while the Tigers ran only 35. The Colts ended the game with a total net offense of 270 yards while the Tigers had 134.
In the win-loss department, the Tigers went to two wins, two losses while the Colts remained undefeated through four games.
It will be Homecoming for the Tigers this upcoming weekend, as they host the Sonblazers from Mesilla Valley Christian School in Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
The Sonblazers will bring a two-win, three-loss season record into Tiger Stadium Friday night, Oct. 3. Their wins include a 21-20 over Silver City Junior Varsity and a 20-7 win over Anthony, Texas. Their losses have been to Jal 34-19, Tornillo, Texas 47-7 and they lost to the NMMI Colts 39-0.