Steers can’t overcome slow start against Chiefs
The Magdalena Steers football team suffered a disappointing 38-19 defeat to the Mescalero Apache Chiefs on Friday, Oct. 8, adding one more loss to their winless season.
Playing at home, the Steers (0-6) got off to a slow start. Mescalero (2-4) scored on the third play of the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead right away. When the Steers took their turn on offense, they were only able to advance the ball nine yards before being forced to punt and giving the Chiefs another chance to score.
Mescalero wasted no time in taking advantage of the possession and scored again on a running play. The Chiefs made up for a bad kick after their first touchdown with a successful 2-point conversion, extending their lead to 14-0.
“We got off to a bad start,” said Magdalena’s head coach Manny Marquez.
The Steers stopped the bleeding for a while. Mescalero didn’t score again until there were six minutes left in the first half. The Chiefs scored again on a running play and, although they failed again on the extra-point attempt, they had increased their lead to a 20-0 spread.
Magdalena wasn’t going to leave the field without putting up points in the first half, however. After a long drive, Magdalena’s Daniel Jaramillo crossed the goal line into the end zone with a leap less than two minutes before halftime.
With a successful kick, the Steers closed the gap to 20-7 at intermission.
Freshly invigorated with their score, Magdalena was able to carry the momentum into the second half. Daniel Hand scored on a six-yard touchdown run with five minutes left in the third quarter. The PAT was no good and the third quarter came to a close with the home team trailing 20-13.
The fourth quarter started with the Chiefs clinging to a one-touchdown lead. But a turning point came when Mescalero intercepted an arrant pass and ran the ball back 54 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs took command when they scored again, bringing the score up to 38-13.
It looked like Magdalena didn’t have anything else to give, but the Steers kept fighting. With less then four minutes left in the game Miles Parscal caught a pass and scored his first touchdown of the season.
“I was really proud to see them get that last touchdown,” coach Marquez said. “They never quit.”
The three touchdowns were the most Magdalena scored during any game so far this season.
Although he didn’t score during this game, West Trujillo helped the team by making several good plays.
“West was making nice runs up the middle,” said Marquez.
Looking past the disappointing loss, Magdalena is next set to play its last home game of the season this Friday, Oct. 15, against Capitan High School. The five seniors who will be playing their last home game of the season — Myreon Apachito, Wyatt Billy, Taran Rogers, Kyle Smith, and Warren Vicente — will be recognized.
“Maybe we can pull a big upset; you never know,” said Marquez optimistically.