ALAMOSA — A chilly night was the setting for a one-sided affair that favored the home team. Alamosa (3-0) took no prisoners on Friday night hosting for homecoming; the Mean Moose rampaged to a 56-2 victory over the visiting Mitchell Marauders (0-3).
Alamosa has been rolling thus far this year with a win to start the season over Monte Vista (0-3). The Moose followed that with a 22-6 statement victory over the defending state champion La Junta Tigers. With two wins in their pocket, it was back home for their meeting with Mitchell.
The Marauders made the trip down from their home in Colorado Springs. Alamosa began their assault with the first possession. In under three minutes, Brendon Madril led the Moose down the field before taking it in himself from seven yards out putting Alamosa up 7-0 after a successful extra point attempt. The Marauders wouldn’t get a chance to possess the ball as the ensuing kickoff was high and short becoming an onside kick of sorts. Less than a minute later, it was Madril to Ian Jackson from 22 yards out. A successful PAT put Alamosa up 14-0.
The first drive for the Marauders covered 11 yards before a fumble in the backfield turned into a scoop-and-score for Madril that covered an unofficial 64 yards to put the Moose ahead 21-0.
The Moose were relentless. After forcing a punt, another Alamosa drive found paydirt. The game hadn’t even elapsed 12 minutes and the Moose led 27-0 courtesy of a Cash Mueller rushing score from eight yards out. Alamosa continued to pour it on in the second quarter.
Mitchell would muster two punts, two turnover-on-downs and a fumble in the second quarter. Alamosa on the other hand, put up 16 more points, two Madril passing touchdowns and a 22-yard field goal by Brenden Crowther to force a running clock with minutes remaining in the half.
On the other end of the break, Luke Smith made it an even 50 points for the Moose with an 18-yard score on Alamosa’s first drive of the second half. With the game firmly in hand, Alamosa subbed in some reserves. The offense stalled and Mitchell would get their first points of the game in the form of a blocked punt going out the back of the end zone. Unfortunately for Mitchell, the bright spots were surrounded by despair. On the free-kick, the ball squirted loose and the return went the other way, adding 6 more points to an already decided game.
Alamosa would recover one final fumble finishing out a lopsided victory on homecoming. The win furthers Alamosa’s advantage in the series over the last decade to 2-0.
The Moose are likely hungry for a challenge but they may end up having to wait until the postseason. Alamosa’s remaining Colorado high school opponents hold a dismal 3-12 combined record. Next up for the Moose is Lamar (2-1). Lamar is coming off their own blowout win taking 1A Burlington down 43-27. Alamosa goes on the road to face Lamar Friday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
(Story edited to show correct score in lead, 56-2)