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NMMI falls to 4-2 with loss to Socorro Warriors

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By Peter Dindinger
NMMI Sports Press

SOCORRO — Leading up to the New Mexico Military Institute’s showdown with No. 3 ranked Socorro, the Colt football team had not yet challenged a top tier Class 3A program.

No. 8 NMMI (4-2) tried to play spoiler on Socorro’s homecoming night, but was unsuccessful. The Warriors rolled to a 35-7 victory over the Colts on Friday at Eddie Castaneda Field.

“Obviously, we got punched in the mouth tonight,” said NMMI head coach Randy Montoya. “We really shot ourselves in the foot several times, and that was the real frustrating thing.”

Socorro (5-1) made a big statement on the opening kickoff as Jordan Armijo scored on a 90-yard return. After the failed point-after attempt, the Warriors led 6-0 with 11:36 on the clock.

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The Colts struggled on their first offensive series, having to punt on fourth-and-22. Socorro’s offense tried to go for it on fourth-and-13 but was unsuccessful.

Aided by two penalties that erased an interception, the Colts got down to the Warrior one yard-line with a chance to punch it in and take the lead. Socorro’s defense made a strong goal line stand and spoiled a quarterback sneak.

From deep in their own territory, the Warriors made some big plays to cap off a nine-play drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Armijo to Adrian Jackson. Jordan Armijo converted the two points to extend Socorro’s lead to 14-0 with 7:39 in the second quarter.

The Colt offense went three-and-out, which led to a 61-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Armijo to Alex Amaro with 3:01 left until halftime.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Colts turned over the ball on a fumble that set up the Warrior offense on the NMMI 25. Jackson punched it into the end zone from three yards out with under 40 seconds to go in the first half. Scoring 22 unanswered points in the second quarter, the Warriors held a commanding 28-0 lead entering the second half.

Another stalled offensive drive by NMMI allowed Socorro to take over on the NMMI 40.

Marcus Armijo later connected with Jackson for a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-five with 8:10 in the third quarter.

With the running clock in effect, the Colts desperately tried to erase the shutout. A turnover by the Warriors on a fumble helped NMMI score on a lateral that came on a reception by Diego Hernandez from Juan Badillo. Hernandez flipped the ball to Darrell Ochieng, who sprinted into the end zone from 61 yards out.

NMMI finished with 127 total yards of offense while the Warriors had 370.

The Colts have a much needed bye next week before opening up District 4-3A play at Dexter on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.

“We knew we had to play our best,” Montoya added. “It’s a learning experience. We knew it was going to be a good team. Unfortunately it wasn’t our night. We’ve got to get focused.”

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