Tigers End Season 5-5; Make Playoffs as No. 12
By Mike Tooley
It wasn’t a stampede, but the Colts of Silver High School did gallop past the Tigers of HSHS in the season finale, 42-0.
Finishing with a 5 win, 5 loss season record, the Tigers did end up as the 12th team in the state Class 4A listings, giving them a spot in the first round of the playoffs. They will face the Cobre Indians at Cobre Friday night, Nov. 14. Kickoff time is slated for 7 p.m.
SILVER IN CONTROL
Silver was in control of the game from the opening kickoff, as they received the ball and marched to the Tiger goal line in eight plays for six points. The Colts put points on the scoreboard in every quarter, scoring twice in the second and third periods for their decisive victory.
Offensively, the Tigers just couldn’t get untracked against the Colts. Tiger Quarterback Darin Welty didn’t have enough time to set up and throw the ball in most instances, even though he did manage to complete four of six attempts for 48 yards. He threw one interception.
Silver’s Colts had the Tiger offense in check most of the night, shutting down the Tigers option offense and holding Welty to a minus-12 yards rushing.
Quinton Montoya led the Tiger offense with 71 yards rushing in 10 plays, and ended the evening with 120 total utility yards. Nick Moreno had 90 utility yards, however, he was held to 52 yards rushing in 15 carries.
PLAY OFFS START SATURDAY
In the pairings for the State 4A playoffs, the Tigers will be the 12th seeded team and will travel to Cobre on Saturday to play the Indians for the second time this year. In their meeting during the regular season, the Indians defeated the Tigers 18-0.
In other pairings, New Mexico Military Institute will travel to Hatch to play the Bears in an opening round while Pojoaque Valley will travel to Portales and Kirtland Central will travel to St. Michael’s of Santa Fe.
Robertson of Las Vegas, Bloomfield, Silver City and Ruidoso all received byes for the first round, and will be host teams in the second round, hosting the winners of the first round.
The winner of the Hatch versus NMMI game will travel to Robertson, the Cobre versus HSHS winner will travel to Bloomfield, Pojoaque versus Portales winner will go to Silver City, and the winner of the Kirtland versus St. Mike’s game will travel to Ruidoso.