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Moose drop heartbreaker in season opener

Posted: Saturday, Aug 31st, 2013

Photo by Eric R. Flores Alamosa High School senior Bailey Garcia (12) shows his athleticism as he leaps high into the air to intercept his second pass in the first half of Friday's loss to Buena Vista.

Courier Sports Editor

ALAMOSA—A roller coaster of emotions had Mean Moose fans beaming with excitement with less than a minute remaining in Friday afternoon’s season-opener but as the final buzzer sounded, a hush and look of shock filled the stands as a last second touchdown by the Class 1A No. 2 ranked Buena Vista Demons sealed a 39-34 win.

The Mean Moose, who played their final game at Al Bennett Field at Ortega Middle School, overcame multiple momentum obstacles but a couple of defensive flaws in the second and third quarters proved to be too much down the final stretch.

The fourth quarter saw Buena Vista score on their first play with a 44-yard run by sophomore quarterback Keegan Wentz. They kept the momentum as their defense was able to knock a ball lose after a pass was ruled complete by the side judges. A 26-yard passing touchdown made the score 33-20 with 6:28 remaining.

The Alamosa coaching staff made sure to relay the message to their athletes that they had a chance to come back, there was still time on the clock. The message was well-received as they drove down the field on the next drive. After 13 plays, Henry found the end zone for two yards and a 2-point pass from sophomore Marco Garcia to senior Bailey Garcia made the score 33-28 with 2:44 left.

For the complete article see the 08-31-2013 issue.

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