SANTA FE, N.M. — Bill Moon calls it “Our 5A victory tour.”
But, of course, the Capital High coach is measuring victories in ways other than the final tally.
That’s because, now after their first two matchups of the season against Class 5A opponents, the Jaguars (0-2) have been outscored by 102 points, including Friday’s 47-0 loss to Valley (2-1) at Capital High.
So how can Moon consider these blowouts victories?
Easy, he replied: “These are the best schools in the state and we’re getting better every week – from quarter to quarter and from half to half. You don’t climb a ladder from jumping to the top of it, and here we are.”
And while Valley scored on six of seven first-half possessions to take a 41-0 halftime lead, Capital nearly had a response of its own midway through the third period.
After failing to complete a pass on four attempts – while getting sacked three times for a loss of 20 yards – Capital quarterback Patrick Gutierrez led the Jaguars on a drive that began on the team’s own 34-yard line and ended near the Valley goal line.
Gutierrez opened the five-play series by hitting wide receiver Blake Williamson on pass plays of 48 yards to reach the Vikings red zone for the first time in the contest.
Then, on third-and-26, after Gutierrez was sacked twice, the Jaguar signal caller teamed up with Williamson again – this time the pair went for 25 yards to the Valley 1. But on fourth down, the Vikings stuffed Derrick Chavez at the line of scrimmage, setting up a 99-yard scoring drive the other way.
“I thought we scored,” Gutierrez said.
Moon did, as well.
“The refs didn’t raise their arms and it’s their call,” he said. “But if this were a democracy, I wouldn’t have voted for it.”
Valley opened the game with scoring drives of 68, 63, 33 and 23 yards, respectively, before mounting a seven-play, 99-yard scoring drive, capped off with Valley quarterback Bo Coleman’s fourth passing touchdown of the half – a 2-yard strike to Russell Montoya to give the visitors a 41-0 lead at the intermission.
Robert Armijo scored the first two touchdowns of the game – the first on a one-yard touchdown run at 9:13 in the opening period, and then the Viking junior hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Coleman for a 14-0 lead roughly three minutes later (at the 6:15 mark).
Esteban Loera and Dominic Gonzales followed with touchdown catches of three and 19 yards, respectively, before Aaron Molina’s 64-yard punt return at 6:55 in the second period to put the Vikings up 34-0.
As the second half played with a running clock, the Jaguars held Valley’s second unit scoreless until the final 1:40 of the contest.
C.J. Torres capped off a 10-play, 90-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to complete the scoring.
Coleman finished 9-of-12 passing for 176 yards and four touchdowns. Gutierrez went 3 for 10 for 77 yards. Derrick Chavez was Capital’s leading rusher with 25 yards on 11 carries.