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Dexter Demons lose to Rams

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The Dexter Demons football team raises the American flag as they run onto the field before the start of Friday’s matchup with the Portales Rams at Demon Stadium in Dexter. (David Rocha Photo)

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DEXTER — Homecoming was a success with the induction of former Dexter star Joe Banda. Banda was inducted into the Dexter Alumni Hall of Fame at halftime. The Demons defense did their part in holding the defending state champions in check for most of the game. It was their offense that let them down in a 27-0 loss, Friday night at Demon Stadium.

Rams quarterback Tyrese Dawson ran an option play to the right and scored with 7:30 in the first quarter. The PAT was unsuccessful.

The Demons came back on the next possession and ran the ball at will on the Rams’ defense. Dexter ran a mix of up the middle handoffs to a determined Elijah Flores. Flores ran for tough yards in the teeth of the Rams’ defense. On that series, they would alternate running option left or right with running backs Nick Cobos and Gustave Macias, for big chunks of yards.

“When we slanted sometimes our guys weren’t slanting correctly,” Rams coach Jaime Ramirez said. “We did what we needed to do in the second half, and everything started to work better to shut them down in the second half.”

On the Demons’ second possession, tailback Macias took an option pitch and ran untouched through the Rams’ secondary and was headed for a touchdown, when a Ram defender came over and knocked the ball out of his hands at the 22-yard line. Portales’ Dawson picked the ball up and returned it to Dexter’s 15-yard line.

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Later in the series Portales’ Timothy Garcia scored on a 4-yard run to put them up, 12-0 with 4:13 in the first quarter. The PAT was no good.

With time running out in the first half the Rams scored again with 19 second to go before halftime, making it 18-0.

Portales had the ball on the Demon’s 1-yard line and Dexter’s defense stiffened and held the Rams on downs in the third quarter. Dexter got the ball back on its 1-yard line. On their second play Demons quarterback, Jarren Amaro went back to pass and was pressured from his backside. Amaro threw the ball to the right sideline and was called for intentional grounding making the score 20-0 with 8:56 in the third quarter.

With the defense tired from being on the field so long the Rams’ Julian Urioste scored a rushing touchdown with 8:27 left in the game. The PAT was good giving the Rams a 27-0.

‘We had some chances throughout the game to make it more competitive,” Demons coach Kevin Graham said. “We did some good things, and then we came around and shot ourselves in the foot a lot all night long. We are back in that one game good and one game not so good. We have to fix that.”

The Demons (3-2) will go back to the drawing board, in this game they lost three fumbles, threw three interceptions, and turned the ball over on downs five times. There would be times they were driving, and they would lose big yardage. There were several times Dexter’s offense self-destructed, ending drives.

If that wasn’t bad enough news, the Demons suffered an injury in the first quarter when running back Macias had his cleats get stuck in the grass and injured his knee. He did not return to play the rest of the game. Coach Graham will know more about the injury later in the week.

Dexter returns to action next week when they travel to Estancia at 7 p.m. Friday.

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