BLACKWATER DRAW — It could’ve been dubbed the “Cure What Ails Ya” bowl when two struggling teams met at Greyhound Stadium on Friday night.
The team with the win, and feeling a whole lot better going into the district schedule, is Portales after the Rams blasted Roswell High 79-36.
“We really needed this going into district, to get our confidence up,” said Portales quarterback Jeffery Collins. “We’ll move on from here and hopefully make the playoffs. We did a good job both sides of the ball.”
Portales (2-5), which snapped a five-game losing streak, got a big night from senior running back Jesus Davalos, who put up huge numbers in the first half alone. Davalos scored seven touchdowns, ran for 278 yards and caught 190 yards worth of passes from Collins.
At intermission, Davalos had already racked up 381 yards in total offense — 200 on the ground and 181 through the air.
“He breaks a lot of tackles,” Collins said. “He’s got good moves and jukes a lot of people. But our offensive line did a good job today opening up a bunch of holes.”
The Rams reeled off the first 20 points of the game, and it turned out to be a deficit from which Roswell (1-7) could never quite recover.
Less than two minutes into the game, Davalos ran into the middle and broke a couple of tackles in a play that ended up being a 45-yard touchdown run for the first of many scores on the night.
When Portales got the ball back, with 8:51 left in the first period, Collins found Davalos with a pass 10 yards downfield and the Rams’ back did the rest — juking a pair of Coyotes and converting the reception into an 82-yard TD pass.
Barely past the midway point of the opening quarter, Collins found Brandon Lovato for a 35-yard scoring pass and Portales was up 20-0.
Roswell’s closest point to catching back up came at 9:20 remaining in the second quarter when Robert Orona, who finished with 173 receiving yards, hooked up with Coyotes quarterback James Singleton for a 76-yard touchdown reception to make the score 20-14.
A swing pass to the left to Davalos, with 8:23 left before intermission, then put a major dent in Roswell’s comeback plans. Davalos cut back into the middle and raced 53 yards for paydirt.
Collins finished his day with 395 yards passing while also running for 86 more.
Also getting into the scoring column for Portales were receivers Shawn Carrasco and Cody Small, who caught TD passes covering 29 and 46 yards, respectively, in the third stanza, and defensive back Keisto Ontiveros, who returned an interception 65 yards for the last score of the day.
“It’s the last one going into district and it’s at our home place,” said Rams coach Andy Correll. “We wanted a victory tonight and we needed it.
“We had to try to get off that slide we were on. You know, if we had played like this against a couple of other teams we saw this year, those would’ve been a different story, too.”