LAS VEGAS — The Portales Rams combined a productive offense with a stingy defense to rout the suspension-weakened Robertson Cardinals 51-7 Friday night in the season-opener for both teams.
First-year running back Jesus Davalos piled up more than 200 rushing and receiving yards and scored four touchdowns for the Rams.
“Our execution level on both sides (of the ball) was pretty good, especially for our first game out,” Ram coach Andy Correll said.
The Rams jumped out to a 12-0 first quarter lead after a 40-yard scoring connection from senior quarterback Michael Trujillo to junior Shawn Carrasco, followed by a Davalos 39-yard scoring scamper.
Davalos scored on another 39-yard run in the second quarter, followed by an 11-yard screen pass for a touchdown.
“We were able to get (Davalos) the ball in space,” Correll said. “I thought our offensive line did good at times protection-wise. We were able to run the football and also get the ball out to our receivers.”
A Brandon Adkins 21-yard touchdown catch and a Zach Terry 2-yard scoring reception broke the game open in the second half.
“It’s been awhile since we’ve won here,” Correll said. “We also told the seniors that they’ll never get another (season-opening) game like this so I really came in expecting them to play well, and they did.”
Robertson’s only score came on a 20-yard second quarter run from junior running back Estevan Vigil.
“(Our defense) played really good. We swarmed the ball pretty good,” Portales defensive coordinator Mark McAfee said. “They hurt us on the edge a couple of times, but I think overall, our scheme played out pretty well.”
The Cardinals were hit by a hazing scandal earlier this month in which six Robertson players and the entire coaching staff was suspended.
“We know that Robertson is going through some stuff,” Correll said. “But we didn’t want to fall trap to it at all and I think our kids really stepped up and took care of that for us.”
The Rams (1-0) travel to Muleshoe next week.
“I was proud of everybody,” Correll said. “They all did well.”