Escalante Lobos Win 2nd Straight State Championship

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Photo by George Morse, Valley Daily Post

Escalante Lobos Win 2nd Straight State Championship

By  GEORGE MORSE
      Valley Daily Post

Escalante High School came from behind to tie the score at halftime, took the lead in the fourth quarter and held off the Fort Sumner High School Foxes for a 28-20 victory to win their second straight Class 2A state football championship Nov. 14 in Tierra Amarilla.

Trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, the Lobos scored on a 7-yard run by quarterback Dominic Montano. Joseph (Jo-Jo) Hurd ran for the two point conversion to make the score 14-8 with six minutes, 56 seconds left in the first half.

As time ran out in the first half, Montano lofted a pass into the end zone that Hurd went up and snatched out of the air for a touchdown. The point-after kick was blocked and the score was tied 14-14 at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Lobos took advantage of good field position af Fort Sumner’s 20-yard line. Montano scored four plays later and then passed to Lucas Cordova for the 2-point conversion to give Escalante a 22-14 lead with 9:01 left in the game.

Fort Sumner answered with a 70-yard drive that ended with quarterback Jude Segura sneaking across the goal line with 4:18 left in the game. Hurd batted down Segura’s pass on the two-point conversion and Escalante still led 22-20.

After recovering Fort Sumner’s attempt at an onside kick near midfield,  Escalante scored the clinching touchdown with 38.4 seconds left in the game on an 11-yard pass from Montano to Hurd to give the Lobos a 28-20 lead. Segura was sacked on the game’s final play and The Lobos were champions for the second straight year.