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Dexter uses surprise and turnovers to defeat NMMI

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Dexter's Juan Fuentes catches a touchdown pass against NMMI at the back of the end zone Friday night. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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It felt like fall as the temperature dropped to an early October chill. The wind was not a factor in the game, neither was the cold. The difference between Dexter and NMMI was that Dexter came out ready to play from the kickoff.

Dexter surprised NMMI with a new offense — they ran the spread offense from the first snap of the game instead of their wishbone and scored on the fourth play of the game.

To set up the Demons’ first score, Dexter quarterback Marco Munoz found a wide-open Joshua Duran over the middle for a 15-yard completion and a first down to the NMMI 24-yard line. On the next play, Munoz faked a pitch to the left and ran a keeper up the middle for a 24-yard touchdown with 10:01 left in the first quarter.

“We went to a spread offense this year,” Dexter coach Arturo Duran said. “We switched it up with the kids we have, it’s more realistic to what we can run with the kids we have.”

That score would give Dexter a lead they would never relinquish.

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The Demons were not done with surprises, as they immediately kicked an onside kick after scoring. NMMI was caught off guard and Dexter recovered. Dexter went down the field and scored when Munoz hit receiver Juan Fuentes on a 10-yard pass at the back of the end zone to give them a 14-0 lead with 5:57 to play in the first quarter. Dexter would add a 48-yard field goal to beat NMMI, 17-2, Friday night at NMMI.

“The game turned for us in the beginning,” NMMI coach Randy Montoya said. “We got the deer in the headlights look in the very beginning. You cannot simulate a game. Obviously, they’re faster than what we can simulate in practice. Dexter got around us, and they came right back with an onside kick and caught us off guard. They stunned us right off the bat.”

NMMI seemed to get back in the game with a wild series of events in less than a minute. Dexter fumbled the ball and NMMI recovered at Dexter’s 6-yard line. Dexter had a penalty and the ball was moved to the 2-yard line. On the next play, NMMI’s running back ran around the right end and was hit by a Dexter player before he crossed the goal line, the ball popped up and a Demon defender caught the ball in mid-air at the Demons’ 1-yard line.

On the very next play, Dexter’s running back hit the hole, except there was none, which resulted in a safety. NMMI received the ball back on Dexter’s 40-yard line. NMMI was driving when Dexter’s Epolito Lopez intercepted a NMMI pass to end the drive.

Dexter converted on a long pass and ended up kicking a 47-yard field goal by freshman Peyton Greathouse to win 17-2.

“Our players enjoy playing the game,” Duran said. “It’s a short season and we want to take it one game. All we can ask of our players is to have fun, enjoy and play football.”

NMMI seemed to take control of the line of scrimmage as they ran the ball straight ahead with Juan Badillo, who ran hard and then used the elusive Darrell Ochieng to break runs outside. NMMI’s defense played hard and kept the Demons out of the end zone after the first quarter.

“For the first game,” Montoya said, “I’m just tickled to death to be out here playing with these kids. We are having fun and I’m proud of my team and they did good and fought hard. It was a good start and we are having fun and enjoying the time.”

Dexter plays at Portales on Friday.

NMMI travels to Texico on Saturday.