The New Mexico Lobos ended their 11-day stay in Ruidoso Friday with a 90-minute scrimmage on the synthetic turf at Ruidoso Middle School.
For the second time in as many scrimmages, the defense bested the offense based on coach Bob Davie’s points system. The score was 39-36 for the guys in white.
If that sounds like a close contest, it was. The offense jumped out to a sizable lead, thanks to some strong running by redshirt freshman Romell Jordan — Jordan had a 25-yard touchdown run — and true freshman Tyrone Owens, and a 9-yard TD pass from redshirt freshman QB Lamar Jordan to senior wideout Tyler Duncan.
The defense rallied with a series of third-down stops and some tackles for loss. Junior outside linebacker Richard Winston had a sack; senior inside LB Trajuan Briggs tackled Lamar Jordan in the backfield on a third-down play. Safety Daniel Henry and nose tackle Cole Juarez had some big hits.
As the decider, Davie pitted his No. 3 and offense and No. 3 defense against each other at the end of the scrimmage. An errant pitch by true freshman QB Patrick Reed, recovered by true freshman safety Juwan Jones, produced six points for the defense. That was pretty much the ballgame.
Davie pronounced the scrimmage, as well as the entire stay down south, a success.
“We’ve got a football team that’s got a lot of personality,” he said. “… We’ve got some juice.
“It was good to see a lot of guys get a chance to play. They were able to keep their enthusiasm and actually got more enthusiastic as the day went on. … It’s a good start for us.”
Most of the Lobos’ top offensive skill players — quarterbacks Cole Gautsche and Clayton Mitchem, running backs Jhurell Pressley and Teriyon Gipson, wide receivers Carlos Wiggins, Ridge Jones and Marquis Bundy were held out of the scrimmage. Inside linebacker Dakota Cox and defensive end Brett Bowers, UNM’s top two returning defensive players, also stayed on the sidelines.