ALAMOSA — Sargent’s (5-2) game with No. 17 Dove Creek (4-3) was moved to Thursday night. With the new day, attendance took a hit but Sargent played just fine. The Farmers stayed hot in the cold weather rattling off a 74-20 win over the Dove Creek Bulldogs.
Since getting knocked down to 2-2 back in late September Sargent was forced to trudge their way back into playoff position. The Farmers answered the call. Edging Norwood 27-22 and blasting Sangre de Cristo 57-0. Prior to the victory over the Bulldogs, Sargent was occupying the fifteenth spot in 8-Man football according to CHSAA’s unofficial RPI rankings. And best of all for the Farmers, with two games left on the slate there is still the possibility for more climbing.
In the early going it looked as though Thursday might be competitive as Sargent and Dove Creek went back and forth playing to a 16-14 Sargent lead. Sargent senior Jacob Deacon’s second rushing touchdown of the game and a successful two-point attempt opened up a 24-14 lead.
On the next possession Dove Creek went three and out and were forced to punt. Deacon would block the punt attempt and cover the loose ball. With the ball Sargent stayed with the hot hand. Deacon netted 26 yards and a touchdown on two carries to make it 30-14 in Sargent’s favor.
Moving forward the Farmers reached the endzone twice more before the half. A rush from senior Blaine Behil and a 38 yard senior connection from Frank Torrez to Chase Mortensen broke the game wide open at 46-14.
Dove Creek would start the second half with the ball. After losing four yards on the drive due to a costly clipping penalty the Bull Dogs were forced to punt. From the Bulldog 33 Torrez struck quickly with a pass over the top to junior Cole Seger who advanced it to the 9-yard line. From there Deacon would hammer in his fourth touchdown of the game.
Dove Creek was able to stop the bleeding with a 75-yard touchdown run from Walker Cressler. Unfortunately it was too little too late by then. A failed onside kick attempt gave Sargent a shortened field. Sargent’s Torrez got the ball to Deacon who fell two yards short of another score. A rush from Blaine Behil the next play took it the rest of the way, the two point conversion from Frank Torrez made it 60-20 with about 18 minutes left in the game.
Despite the running clock Sargent was not done. A 64-yard rush by Deacon and fumble that turned into a 47-yard scoop and score by Behil added salt to the wounds finalizing the score at 74-20. Sargent suffered injuries to two contributors during the action, Eddie Gonzalez (arm) and Kage Pepper (leg).
This football season is speeding towards November. Sargent has two more games, next Thursday the Farmers head to Alamosa for their league meeting with Del Norte at Adams State. And the week after Sargent closes their season at home with the much anticipated meeting with Sanford.