BLACKWATER DRAW — On Thursday, Portales High coach Jamie Ramirez said that in order for his team to defeat Dexter, the Rams would have to control both sides of the line of scrimmage and win on the perimeter on offense.
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Portales junior running back Bronte Staugaard outruns the Eunice defense on his way to a touchdown during the second quarter of Friday’s game at Greyhound Stadium.
They did just that as junior Bronte Staugaard ran for 231 yards and scored five touchdowns and senior quarterback Matt Martinez threw for 158 yards in a 42-21 win at Greyhound Stadium.
Things didn’t start off well as the Demons opened the game with an 11-play drive, capped by Dominic Lomeli’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Mario Contreras.
After the teams traded possessions, the Rams used five plays to drive to the Demons’ 1-yard line before the quarter ended. When the second started, Staugaard wasted no time running into the end zone to tie the game.
After the Demons went three-and-out, Martinez hit Staugaard for a 42-yard TD on the third play of the Rams’ ensuing possession.
Staugaard added his third TD in the quarter on one a 1-yard run to complete a 12-play drive in which the Rams overcame two 10-yard penalties.
Ramirez thought his offense was outstanding on the night.
“We knew that if they were going to stuff the box with seven (players), we couldn’t block them with our five,” he said as his team celebrated in from of him. “So we said, ‘Let’s attack the perimeter and get them out of their alignment and sure enough it worked.
“Once we did that, we were able to run the ball.”
On the first play following the second-half kickoff, the Demons recovered a fumble by Staugaard. However, the Rams’ defense held tight and forced a turnover on downs.
Staugaard promptly redeemed himself on the ensuing possession, running the ball six times, capped by a 2-yard TD run to give to give the Rams a 28-7 lead.
The Demons countered with a 10-play drive, aided by a roughing the passer penalty on the Rams, and closed to 28-13 with a 3-yard run TD run by Rodriguez, but the Rams blocked the PAT kick.
The Rams went back to Staugaard, who had four rushes for 24 yards on the drive and scored on a 4-yard run to make the score 35-14.
The Demons came back with a 49-yard TD run by Lomeli on a busted play, but he threw an interception on Dexter’s next possession and Staugaard put the game away with an 87-yard touchdown run down the left sideline.
Ramirez was proud of his defense for stopping an offense that has been successful all season.
“I talked to the defense earlier this week and they responded today,” Ramirez said with a stone-faced look that hid his excitement of the win. “They gave us an opportunity to get ahead and once we started scoring, we knew as long as we continued to score it would be hard for them to come back.”
Ramirez knew his team was improving in their losses and he was happy to see their hard work pay off.
“I knew even when we were losing we were getting better,” he said. “I knew if we could continue to work hard and get better, we’re going to win a few games.”