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Demons ready for the Battle of the Bridge

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Dexter’s Sergio Ramirez returns an interception in Friday nights game against Texico. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

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The Dexter Demons couldn’t wait to get the season started, and why not? New coach Archie Duran has his foot on the gas and it is nothing but open highways. Dexter had to survive a scare in their first game of the season against Santa Rosa when they had to make a goal-line stand with first-and-goal from the 4-yard line. New defensive coordinator Sonny Duran has called blitzes and has the players believing they can be dominant with their front four as the Demons hung on to win their first game of the season, 21-14.

“Our defense has done an outstanding job,” Duran said. “Against Texico last week, they (defense) caused three turnovers, which gave us the ball and a chance to score.”

With the defense playing well, it has been pinball scoreboard for their offense where they have a number of options with senior quarterback Jarren Amaro dealing their fast-break offense. On the ground, they have Nick Cobos; Gustavo Macias — who is healthy from last season’s injury — and when they throw the ball, Amaro will look for Sergio Ramirez and safety-valve tight end Jordan Marquez.

In their last game, they hit the gas and defeated Texico 40-6. One of the keys to the Demons on both sides of the ball this season has been their team speed, which has affected their Special Team’s play as well.

“Our team has many fast players,” Duran said. “Our Special Teams coach Clinton Greenhouse has brought beneficial ideas to the program. In Santa Rosa, the Special Teams helped the offense by blocking two punts deep in Santa Rosa’s territory. Chris Martinez is doing a solid job with the offensive and defensive lines.”

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The Demons are so strong on both sides of the line of scrimmage that they have developed a rotation to keep their players fresh. Coach Duran believes without his linemen being fresh, it’s hard to put up points.

“Our coaches push our players to the limit every day,” Duran said, “because a lot of our players go both ways (offense and defense). That’s part of small town football. All of the seniors are very special to the team. There is no one out there that works harder than the other. They’re very competitive and we love that because our staff is also the same way — we hate to lose. That competitiveness brings out the best in us all.”

For Dexter, the Battle of the Bridge started a couple of years ago and they have not lost that trophy. Duran feels like his players look forward to playing the game and the excitement it brings to both fan bases. Both teams are undefeated coming into the game on Friday night. Duran expects that both stands will be packed. What’s at stake is that the winner of the trophy will get to keep it at their school for a year, until they play again. Also, it is bragging right and pride involved.

“I believe we will be OK on the physical part of the game,” Duran said. “Santa Rosa was very physical and we did well. We need to see this game as another one on our schedule and work as a team the way we have done up to this point. We will learn from our past mistakes and continue to play smash mouth football.”