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Moose dominate both sides of field to top Scorpions, 33-0

Posted: Saturday, Oct 13th, 2012

Alamosa senior middle linebacker Alec Higel (56) had a near interception in Friday’s 33-0 victory over Dolores Huerta. Also shown are Moose Josh Cody (19) and Dante Rael (82), and Scorpion DeAndre Ramos (30)

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PUEBLO– Scoring early and often, the Alamosa Mean Moose captured its second 2A Tri-Peaks victory in a row with a 33-0 shutout of Dolores Huerta here Friday night at the CSU-Pueblo Thunder Bowl.

The Maroons, 3-4 overall and 2-3 in conference action, dominated play on both sides of the ball allowing the host Scorpions to cross midfield only a few times, while mixing up the run and pass to dominate on offense and spoil the DHHS homecoming. Alamosa will receive a real test this Friday when hosting Tri-Peaks No. 2 La Junta, a narrow loser to league leader Florence last night, 27-13.

“We played better tonight and showed more physical toughness than we have most of the season,” AHS head coach Al Ford said. “We’ve got to be ready now for better teams coming up.”

The Moose mounted a 26-0 halftime lead over the Scorpions Friday and broke their third quarter jinx with a quick score to open the third period.

Dolores Huerta had won the toss and deferred to the second half, but a surprise onside kick by AHS turned the table on the Scorpions. Freshman Clayton Brubacher, who sits up next to normal kicker Michael Cliff, punched the kickoff about 15 yards into a surprised receiving team and Alamosa recovered.

It took just five plays and 1:37 of the clock for the Maroons to hit paydirt on a Jordan Albert two-yard run, Cliff’s kick making it 33-0. Back to back passes by senior quarterback Zach Meyer to Kole Kelley for 11 yards and Bailey Garcia for 20 set up the TD.

Kickoffs were not favorable for the Scorpions as their game-opening boot was literally missed by the kicker, giving AHS the ball at the DHHS 45.

Eight plays later, senior Cole Martinez dove in from two yards out for the 7-0 lead, and the first of his two back-to-back rushing scores. The second came at the 10:32 mark of the second period to cap a nine-play, 59-yard drive, Cliff’s PAT kick making it 14-0.

Albert and Martinez carried the lion’s share of the ground attack for the Moose, including on the opening drive, also highlighted by a 19-yard Meyer to Garcia pass.

Kelley and fellow senior Jake Heaton were also instrumental in the receiving department for the visiting Maroons, Kelley hauling in a 13-yard Meyer strike for a 20-0 lead with 2:57 left in the first half. Heaton had another great night receiving, including a leaping, sideline catch for a 25-yard gain in Alamosa’s second TD drive.

Heaton’s 15-yard punt return with 1:09 left in the first half set up the fourth Alamosa touchdown as the Moose covered 40 yards in just six plays, capped my Meyer’s one-yard dive with 17 seconds remaining. A 32-yard Meyer to Jacob Herrera pass highlighted the quick strike.

Coach Ford said the Moose could have been more productive in the second half, but he was proud to see his team get a score early in the third quarter.

Friday’s league tilt with La Junta will be parents’ day with a tentative kickoff at 3:30 p.m.

The Moose will cap the 2012 campaign the following week at Manitou Springs, a 13-8 winner at Lamar last night.

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