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Gateway coach not happy with execution

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Gateway junior Gage Estes takes a handoff and runs for several yards against Tatum at Gateway Warriors Field on Friday. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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Penalties, miscommunication and not executing.

That was how Gateway Christian School (2-3,1-2) head coach Shaun Wigley summed up Friday night’s 33-19 loss to the Tatum Coyotes (4-3,2-1).

“We didn’t execute,” he said. “We got out executed.”

In the early going life was looking good for the Warriors as a muffed punt by the Coyotes set up the opening score for the home side.

Gage Estes found the end zone from the 10-yard line with 10:35 showing on the first quarter clock. The PAT was good as the Warriors had an early 7-0 lead.

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Nearly a minute later the Coyotes answered as Paul O’Brian scored on a 66-yard run. Tatum couldn’t make the 2-point conversion and the score stood 7-6 Gateway.

The Coyotes extended the lead with 5:04 left in the opening period as Austin Thomas ran for 6 yard TD, the 2-point conversion failed. Tatum lead 12-7.

In the second period it looked like the momentum was going to be on the home team’s side as Warrior quarterback Wyatt Arlet completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Ramiro Grajeda. The extra point kick was blocked with 9:28 left to play before halftime as Gateway led 13-12.

Nearly five minutes later Cristian Marizcal scored on a 9-yard pass play. The 2-point conversion was good as the Coyotes led 20-13.

In the third period Tatum’s Sebastian Jimenez scored from the 1-yard line. The extra point kick was good, giving Tatum a 27-13 lead with 6:18 showing on the clock.

In the fourth quarter, the Coyotes cashed in their insurance policy as Thomas scored from the 13-yard line. The extra point kick was no good and was 33-13 with 9:42 left in the final period.

The Warriors tried to make a run in the final minutes as Gage Estes scored from the 29-yard line. The Coyotes stopped the 2-point conversion.

“We were unable to execute consistently,” Wigley said. “Too many turnovers and dropped passes,” were also part of Gateway’s problems according to Wigley.

The Warriors return to 8-Man District 3 action at home against Carrizozo at 7 p.m. Friday.

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