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Bulldogs gamble, but fall short

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That was what separated the Albuquerque High Bulldogs from possibly ending a four-year, 40-game losing streak Thursday night.

Del Norte’s defense stuffed AHS tailback Adrian Lovato from the 1 on the final play of the game and the Knights escaped with a thrilling 35-28 victory at Milne Stadium.

“It’s life,” dejected Bulldogs coach Curtis Flakes said. “Life is hard sometimes.”

The last two minutes had everyone at Milne on edge.

Del Norte’s Jose Leyba (21) ran for 257 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Knights’ victory against Albuquerque High on Thursday night at Milne. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Del Norte’s Jose Leyba (21) ran for 257 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Knights’ victory against Albuquerque High on Thursday night at Milne. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Del Norte tried to clinch the game, going for a fourth-and-3 from its 38, primarily because its punter was injured. But Avery See was stopped a few inches short.

“I’d do it again,” Del Norte coach Bruce Binkley said. “I would absolutely do it again.”

AHS took over at the Knights’ 40 with one timeout left and 1:58 on the clock.

Del Norte forced a fourth-and-4 from the 34, and the Bulldogs burned their final timeout.

Ryley Padilla threw a well-designed screen pass to Lovato, who rumbled along the near sideline until he was finally stopped inside the Del Norte 1 with about 20 seconds to go.

The Bulldogs did not spike the ball when they got set, a decision that cost them at least a couple of plays.

Instead, they ran up the middle, and the Knights played it perfectly.

“Del Norte was tired,” Flakes said. “For us, that call was showing our complete confidence in our kids and their conditioning.”

Lovato was tackled with about 12 seconds showing. The pile unspooled slowly, and AHS was unable to get off another play.

The Knights’ Jose Leyba rushed for 257 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns.

He scored on runs of 8 yards and 1 yard, and he also caught two screen passes from Tyrelle Jackson for scores, covering 25 and 14 yards.

After a 7-7 tie early, the Knights led 13-7, then 21-7.

From there, AHS continued to cut the deficit to one score each time – 21-14, 27-21 and finally 35-28 with 4:34 to go.

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