McCurdy Dominates Santa Fe Indian School

McCurdy's Lucas Samora gets past several SFIS defenders for a long run in the second half. All photos in this article courtesy of John Denne

McCurdy Dominates Santa Fe Indian School

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The McCurdy Charter School football team manhandled the Santa Fe Indian School Braves 38-0 Sept.10 at McCurdy. The Bobcats ended two years of lopsided losses to Santa Fe Indian School during which the Braves had racked up over 100 points on the Bobcats. McCurdy utilized a punishing running game and a swarming defense to dominate the action.

“We’ll savor the flavor,” McCurdy Coach Ron Gallegos said. “We’re still not satisfied.”

McCurdy quarterback Andres Martinez gets through the attempted tackles by Santa Fe Indian School players Raymond Lovato, left, and Joseph Padilla, right.

The Bobcats rushed for 258 yards on just 28 carries, averaging 9.2 yards-per-carry. The assault on the ground offset McCurdy’s crashing when they went to the air. The Bobcats picked up just 30 yards passing the ball. Quarterback Andres Martinez completed just two of his 11 passes and threw an interception.

“I just had a bad game,” Martinez said. “I couldn’t find my receivers. That’s on me.”

Martinez more than made up for his lack of success through the air by directing the Bobcats running attack. Running the option, Martinez kept the ball or handed it off. He scored three of McCurdy’s touchdowns on the ground.

“That option is always going to be there for us,” Martinez said. “It all depends on how our tackle blocks the defensive end.”

The Bobcats started slowly, going three-and-out on their first possession and again on their second possession. A fumbled snap on a Braves’ punt attempt gave McCurdy good field position at Indian School’s 12-yard line. The Bobcats took advantage of the situation and scored the game’s first touchdown with 3:09 left in the first quarter. Martinez scored from three yards out on a quarterback keeper to give McCurdy a 6-0 lead.

McCurdy’s Lucas Samora brings down  a SFIS  ball carrier.  All photos courtesy of John Denne

The Bobcats blew scoring opportunities on their next two drives, fumbling the ball away on the first drive and then being stopped on downs after having a first-and-goal at the Braves’ eight-yard line thanks to a fumbled snap from center on fourth down. Despite the Bobcats futility on offense, McCurdy’s defense was stifling the Braves offense. Indian School didn’t pick up a first down until late in the second quarter.

McCurdy finally found the end zone again with 3:42 left in the first half. Running the option, Martinez kept the ball and found plenty of running room on the right side of the line. He raced through the defense for a 44-yard touchdown run. McCurdy had a 12-0 lead.

McCurdy’s Alejandro Quintana recovers a SFIS fumble in first half action. All photos courtesy of John Denne

The Bobcats had another chance to score after recovering an Indian School fumble after the kickoff. Martinez threw an interception on the next play that killed the drive. McCurdy led 12-0 at halftime, but the lead could have been much larger.

“We need to come out punching,” Coach Gallegos said. “Play cleaner football.”

The Bobcats forced a punt by the Braves on Indian School’s first possession of the second half. Marcos Gonzales fielded the punt at midfield. A couple of good blocks sprung him free down the right sideline and he brought the punt back 50 yards for a touchdown. McCurdy led 18-0 at 10:29 of the third quarter.

McCurdy’s Marcos Gonzales during a punt return that went for a touchdown.  All photos courtesy of John Denne

McCurdy scored again just before the end of the third quarter. Martinez capped off a long drive with a three-yard touchdown run and Raul Arroyo finally converted on the point-after-touchdown kick to give McCurdy a 25-0 lead with 48 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Bobcats added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, both scored by Lucas Samora. The first came on a six-yard run with 10:27 left in the game. The second on a short run after he had rumbled 51 yards down to the Braves’ one-yard line.

“Just good blocking, right down to a “T,” Samora said.

Marcos Gonzales in action. All photos courtesy of John Denne

McCurdy improved to 2-1 on the season. The Bobcats hit the road Friday to take on Tularosa High School in Tularosa.

“It was a sloppy win,” Coach Gallegos said. “Slowly but surely, we’re whipping into shape.”

See below for more photos from the game.

McCurdy quarterback Andres Martinez gets off a pass against Santa Fe Indian School. All photos courtesy of John Denne

McCurdy quarterback Andres Martinez fights hard to cross the goal line for a touchdown against Santa Fe Indian School. Martinez would score three touchdowns during the contest. All photos courtesy of John Denne

All photos courtesy of John Denne