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Vaughn takes game from Coyotes

Fort Sumner/ House squashes NMMI 48-0.

 

August 29, 2018

Ron Warnick

San Jon / Grady quarterback Chisum Rush looks for a receiver while being pursued by Vaughn defender Saul Ordenas during a six-man football game Friday at San Jon.

SAN JON - When Vaughn senior Morgan Berumen didn't pass over the San Jon/Grady defense, he ran around or through it during a 61-21 victory Friday over the hosting Coyotes during the season-opener in six-man football.

Berumen accounted for well over 300 yards of total offense for the Eagles, which scored touchdowns on eight of 12 possessions.

"We couldn't contain him," Coyotes coach Adrian Jones said. "That's something we're going to have to work on. We've got a long of young guys and not a lot of experience. That's what hurt us today."

San Jon/Grady saw bright spots with quarterback Chisum Rush, who scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown and made an interception on defense, both in the first quarter when the game still was close.

But six of San Jon/Grady's drives on offense stalled inside Vaughn territory, including one inside the 5-yard line.

"Offensively, plays were working," Jones said. "But we need to finish our drives. ... Our rushing game, we could take away a lot (of good) from that."

For the Coyotes, Chad Becerra scored on a 55-yard kickoff return in the second quarter to close the gap to 20-14 against the Eagles. But Vaughn scored twice more during the period, including with just 49 seconds before halftime, to take a 34-14 lead.

The Coyotes' Ethan Short ran for 16-yard TD in the third quarter, but the Eagles answered again with a score to make it 47-21.

San Jon/Grady's next game is Friday at Lake Arthur. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

Mountainair 50, Logan 28

Logan coach Chase Disney wasn't about to declare it a moral victory, but a 50-28 loss in an eight-man football game Friday at Mountainair was a better outcome than many expected - Logan fans included.

"Nobody in the state of New Mexico really thought we'd play four quarters with Mountainair," Logan coach Chase Disney said. "Everybody thought we'd be shut out or give up. But we fought until the last whistle.

"Overall, I'm not mad about the score or the loss. I'm mad about the missed tackles and the pass blocking. We probably missed 65 to 70 tackles. We had the right reads (on defense). We would have stopped them on everything they ran if we'd made the tackle."

Logan trailed the Mustangs just 14-6 late in the second quarter but lost the ball because of an interception. Mountainair scored on its subsequent possession just before intermission to take control.

"We're a good team, but we're just inexperienced," Disney said. "I'm a new coach, and (the kids are) still adjusting on how we do things."

The Longhorns rushed for more than 400 yards, including an estimated 170 yards by quarterback Kyle Knight and another 200 yards by Jantzen Paris, Disney said. Knight also made 25 tackles on defense, he said.

Logan's next game is its home opener Friday against Springfield, Colorado. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Fort Sumner/House 48, New Mexico Military Institute 0

Fort Sumner, which holds a cooperative agreement with House schools, overwhelmed host New Mexico Military Institute during both teams' opening games.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Foxes scored 34 unanswered points in the second period.

Fort Sumner has a bye week before hosting Tucumcari at 7 p.m. Sept. 7.

 

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