The football game on Friday night was fun and exciting and the Matadors beat the Knights 24-7. Woo Hoo! they are now 5-0 and looking good. But there is something even more exciting......
My baby made it onto the Saturday newspaper!!! That's my "Jakey Snakey" doing the blocking.
He was so proud to show me the article this morning when he came over to visit and have breakfast (he couldn't resist my offer of bacon). And luckily he picked up extra copies and I was able to get one. The complete article is below but first I have to do a little of my own bragging and say "I scored a goal today" during our soccer game, we lost 3-5 but it was a good game and this old lady scored and I'm very happy. Life is Good.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Matadors Rip Knights, Stay Perfect
By James Staley Journal Staff Writer
Confidence has been the X-factor for Sandia's football team this season.
"It's everything," said Marcus Washington.
The Matadors, a team that missed the playoffs last year, regained their collective swagger over the summer.
It swelled with their convincing season-opening win against Cibola and hasn't wilted since.
Friday night Sandia needed a quarter to adjust to Oñate's efficient pass-happy offense and gain that feeling. Once the Matadors did, they were able to run away with a 24-7 win at Wilson Stadium.
After a Sandia three-and-out in the game's opening drive, the Knights took a quick 7-0 lead after quarterback Eric Flores carved through the Matadors' lax defense with his arm and several athletic receivers.
"I think it was just confidence," said Washington, a defensive back/running back. "This is the first team that we played that passes the ball a lot."
Oñate (3-2), which came into the game averaging nearly 30 points, did not score again. It didn't help that Flores missed two second-half series with an apparent injury, but Sandia's back seven, seen as a strength coming into the season, did much of the damage.
"We ran multiple coverages, mixed them up," said Sandia (5-0) coach Kevin Barker.
They also jarred the ball free with mouthpiece-rattling hits — one led to a turnover — and forced Oñate quarterbacks to throw though tighter windows.
Sandia's defensive line helped, too. They sacked Flores three times, forcing Oñate into tough third-and-long situations each time.
Behind Washington's running (21 carries, 154 yards) and quarterback Tanner Ireland's play-making (139 total yards, three TDs), the Matadors outgained Onate 347-246. But the Knights only mustered 98 yards in the second half.
Sandia hopes to keep its confidence rolling through the its upcoming bye week. After the break they play what is setting up to be a huge game against Eldorado, which is also unbeaten, but plays at Mayfield next week.
"They're the real deal," Barker said of Eldorado. "It's exciting to have a chance like that."