Mercy Rule Stops Game With 9:45 Left in Fourth
By Mike Tooley
Darin Welty was tired following Friday night’s game against the Socorro Warriors. The Tiger quarterback ran the option for 174 yards and two touchdowns, and completed eight of 13 pass attempts for 103 yards to lead his team to a 64-14 victory.
With 9:45 left in the fourth quarter, it was all over. Nick Moreno carried three Warrior defenders nine yards into their own end zone for the final score of the evening, putting the Tigers ahead by 50 points to stop the game. Moreno had 117 yards rushing in 10 carries, scoring 14 points, and Quinton Montoya added another 156 yards and 16 points on offense as he carried the ball six times for 70 yards, caught two passes for a total of 62 yards and had one runback for 24 yards.
As a team, the Tigers amassed 568 yards – 397 on the ground and 107 in the air.
The victory guaranteed the Tigers at least a break-even season, the first since 2011 (7-5), and put the Warriors in the basement of the 3-4A district.
The Tigers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard Friday night, Oct. 31, taking the opening kickoff and driving 69 yards to pay dirt with less than a minute off the clock. Adrian Chavez put the ball in the end zone on a 12-yard run and Nick Moreno kicked the PAT.
Socorro put together their first of two drives in the game on the ensuing kickoff, driving the ball from their own six yard line, tying the game at 7-all, when Tyler Crespin crashed over from one yard out and Gabriel Jojola kicked the extra point.
The tie lasted less than three minutes.
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