ALBUQUERQUE — Zach Terry had a big day for the Portales Rams on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with Albuquerque Academy.
The Chargers scored early and often in Friday’s District 4-3A matchup. Portales scored early as well, but couldn’t keep pace as Academy sprinted away to a 63-35 win and the district championship.
The Chargers (8-2, 3-0 district) are pretty much assured a high seed in the 12-team playoffs, which begin next week. Meantime, the Rams (3-7, 1-2) must wait to see if they even get in.
The seeds will be announced today.
Terry ran for four touchdowns for the Rams, but junior running back Brandon Branch matched him for Academy and the Chargers also got five more touchdowns from seniors Kevin Clauss and Cassidy West-Santos.
Terry scored on runs of 2, 18 and 6 yards in the first quarter, but the Rams came out of it trailing 28-21. Clauss had a 30-yard interception return and a 42-yard run to account for two Chargers TDs in the period.
Terry scored on a 21-yard run to tie the game in the second quarter, but Branch’s 9-yard run put Academy back in front at halftime.
Branch added scores on an 11-yard run in the third quarter and a 30-yard pass from Clauss in the fourth. Meantime, the only Rams score after halftime came on a 5-yard run by junior quarterback Jeffery Collins about midway though the final period.
Academy racked up 515 rushing yards and finished with a 575-366 advantage in offense.