ANTELOPE — The Armijo High football team won’t remember the Titans, but the Indians will long remember their first points of 2013.
On Armijo’s first play of the game, Jeffrie Brown took a pitch from quarterback Maurice Johnson and burst through the middle, outracing an Antelope defender for an 85-yard touchdown.
It was downhill from there, however, as the Indians dropped a 49-7 non-league decision, Friday night.
Armijo (0-4) had set a dubious record by being shut out in each of its first three games.
“It was good, I’m glad it’s done,” said Brown, who finished with 104 yards on nine carries. “We’ve got to get better, we’ve got to start executing, get our blocks down.”
Antelope (3-2) opened the game with seven-play, 70-yard drive capped by Tyler McCombs’ 18-yard TD pass to Adrian Tristan.
After the ensuing kickoff went into the end zone and the Indians were flagged for illegal procedure, Brown made his dash to glory.
“It was surreal,” he said. “It felt like it was slow motion. I’ve got to give it to the line. They did everything perfect.”
“That’s the way it’s supposed to be like every play,” Armijo coach Karl Finley said. “That’s our goal every play.”
Wyatt Greives’ conversion kick tied the score at 7-7 with 8 minutes, 19 seconds to go in the first quarter.
Then the Titans took over. They got first-quarter touchdowns on a 31-yard Anthony Baumgart fumble return and a 20-yard run by Titus Vinson.
Up 21-7, Antelope got second-quarter touchdowns on a 9-yard run by Vinson, a 1-yard pass to Jake Purther, a 9-yard run by Mister Harriel and a 1-yard run by Jacob Hurd to make it 49-7 at the half.
That’s the way it stayed as the Indians buckled down on defense, but had one promising drive halted by a fumble and another stopped when they turned it over on downs.
“They got down early but they responded,” Finley said. “They kept their heads up. That’s what we preach, keeping our heads up, keep fighting.”
The Indians resume their rivalry with Fairfield at Schaefer Stadium on Friday.
Antelope JV 56, Armijo 0: The Indians fell to 1-3 with a nonleague loss to the Titans.
“It got away from us early,” Armijo coach Galen Lawton said. “It was (important to) get the guys in who come every day to practice, so the second and third string get a chance to play. That’s what it was about tonight – and having fun.”
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