Courier Sports Editor
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Alamosa Head Coach Tom Newland notched his first career win leading the Moose on Friday night as his team used the arms of the Garcia Brothers, Marcos and Bailey, to lead them to a 29-23 victory here at Pagosa Springs High School.
"It was a tough one, Pagosa Springs gave us a game, but we found a way to win," said Newland. "We had a couple of mental mistakes in the third and fourth quarters, but we found a way."
With less than six minutes left in the game, the Alamosa defense came up huge as they forced a punt by the Pagosa Springs Pirates. With 3:32 left, Alamosa got the ball on their 46 yardline. Two plays that did not amount to a single yard made the next play so much sweeter as it helped lift the Moose.
Marco found Bailey for a 54-yard strike to give them the lead 29-23.
"We were running our two-minute offense and the defense started chasing Marco around," explained Newland. "Bailey was wide open, they let him get behind them. It was a broken play."
The Mean Moose defense then stood strong as they forced the Pirates into a 4th-and-1 but unfortunately for the Pirates a penalty pushed them back. AHS propelled into the backfield in the next play and came away with a sack to get the ball back with 58 seconds.
Alamosa used the vitory formation to wrap up the game.
Even though the Pirates scored first on a 27-yard misdirection run by Jeremiah Miller, they didn't lead for long.
Despite a successful fake punt, Alamosa did not score on the ensuing drive instead, they punted the ball to the 6-yardline. The first defensive play from the line of scrimmage was when they scored as they found the ball in the end zone for a safety.
After the safety punt, Alamosa capitalized on the first play on the line as Marcos found Bailey for a 44-yard strike. A successful PAT, put Alamosa up 9-6 with 5:22 left.
Neither team was able to score again in the first quarter, but in the second, Bailey Garcia found end zone one more time, this one a 17-yard touchdown pass and a blocked extra point kick to make the score 15-6, the same score it was at halftime.
Bailey Garcia made an immediate impact in the third quarter as he came up with an interception as the Pirates were driving down the field. This was huge for the Moose defense as they committed two penalties on two fourth down plays to extend Pagosa’s drive.
Nate Henry capped off the drive for AHS with a 21-yard run while Marco Garcia completed a 2-point conversion pass to Ammon Motz for a 23-6 lead with 7:04 left in the third.
With the third quarter dwindling down, Pagosa Springs threatened as they took the ball down to the 1-yardline but were unable to score as the third expired.
That didn’t stop them, however, as Pagosa Springs leaned forward for a 1-yard touchdown and close the gap to 23-12.
Things could not go better for the Pirates. After a 3-and-out by Alamosa, a high snap gave the ball back to Alamosa only for a fumble to roll back into the hands of the Pirates. A minute and a half after their first score of the quarter, Miller broke loose for a 38-yard running touchdown play making tensions higher, 23-18.
The Pirates capitalized on another punt from Alamosa as they punched the ball into the end zone after an 11-yard run with 6:36 remaining. A successful 2-point running play made the score 26-23.
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