Colt defense stellar vs Demons

Carlos Retamoza leaps up in the air and comes down with the catch in the first half against Dexter.
Carlos Retamoza leaps up in the air and comes down with the catch in the first half against Dexter.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt defense was in full force in their 28-18 loss against district rival Dexter Demons. The Demons took advantage of a couple pick-sixes in the first half of play to give them an early lead, but the Colts mounted a comeback in the second half, outscoring the Demons 18-7.

On the first drive of the game, NMMI’s defense forced a fumble from Demon quarterback Marco Munoz. Colt Riley Robertson recovered the fumble at the Colt 48-yard line.

NMMI started the drive with a pass from Diego Bustamante to Diego Hernandez for a 41-yard gain to the Dexter 11-yard line. After a rushing attempt by NMMI, a 92-yard pick-six by Martin Meraz put the Demons in front 7-0 with 10:19 to go in the first quarter.

Dexter’s next two scores came in the second half, both by Marvin Johnson - a 38-yard pass play from Marco Munoz with 11:09 to go in the half, and 75-yard fumble return at the  8:26 mark – gave the Demons a 21-0 lead going into the locker rooms.

NMMI got the ball to start the second half, going five plays for 32 yards highlighted by a John McIntyre pass to Ricardo Mata for 26 yards. When the drive stalled, Daniel Xibille pinned the Demons to their own 10-yard line on a 26-yard punt.

Dexter pushed its lead to 28-0 on the ensuing drive as Munoz broke into the open field for an 84-yard TD scamper.

On the next possession, NMMI got their first points of the game on a five play 62-yard drive. McIntyre hit four different receivers on the drive, including the 34-yard touchdown pass to Oscar Gomez. The Demons blocked the extra point attempt, but the Colts cut the lead to 28-6 with 4:46 to go in the third.

The Colt defense held the Demons on all four of their downs and gave McIntyre and company great field position on the NMMI 42-yard line.

After a McIntyre pass to Mata for 15 yards, NMMI committed a false start penalty to make it first and 15 from the Dexter 48. Arturo Cuen broke a tackle in the backfield and took the ball 48 yards for the score. NMMI would fail on the two-point conversion, making it 28-12 with 1:59 to go in the third.

The Colt defense got their offense back on the field after a five-play drive where the Demons went backwards 7 yards. Colton Claypool and Diego Hernandez got a big sack on quarterback Munoz on a third and 24 to force the Demons to punt it away.

The Colts scored their last points of the game on a fourth down scramble by Xibille for 24 yards to cap off an 8 play 55-yard drive with 6:51 to go. The Colts again tried for two, but an incomplete pass batted down at the line by the Demons kept the score 28-18.

NMMI’s defense held Dexter to 211 yards on offense, including a meager 51 passing yards. They also forced two fumbles, recovering one.

Cuen led the Colts on offense, rushing for 91 yards on 10 attempts and a TD. McIntyre led the passing attack with 13 completions on 17 attempts for 168 yards and a touchdown. Diego Hernandez caught five passes for 74 yards.

The Colts will be home for their next game against district opponent Tularosa on October 26th at 7:00 PM.