Tigers pull away to win 4A playoff opener
Farmington falls to Deming; Newcomb loses at Fort Sumner
FARMINGTON — Aztec’s passing game ignited in the second half, as the Tigers went on to hammer Ruidoso 40-19 on the road in today’s 4A football playoff opener.
Aztec’s early third-quarter lead started dwindling when Ruidoso’s Grant Oberheu scored on a 20-yard touchdown reception, slashing the Tigers' lead to 20-19 at that point.
However, Aztec quarterback Zach Taylor hit his targets in the end zone three times from the middle of the third quarter onward. The Tigers pulled away to secure the win.
Aztec (6-5), which is the No. 9 seed, will play at top-seeded St. Pius Saturday in the 4A quarterfinals.
Aztec won the previous meeting, 28-24, on Sept. 28.
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Late turnovers cost Scorpions
Farmington couldn’t capitalize on at least two critical drives in the fourth quarter, falling 38-28 at Deming in today’s 5A playoff opener.
The Scorpions approached the end zone, but threw an interception that gave Deming the ball back at the DHS 16.
Shortly after, Farmington turned the ball over on downs at midfield.
FHS trailed 22-21 at that point, but Deming tacked on a couple of extra rushing touchdowns to secure the win.
Farmington’s season ended at 5-6, while Deming will play at second-seed Goddard in the 5A quarterfinals.
Newcomb mercy-ruled at Fort Sumner
The sixth-seeded Skyhawks struggled to get their offense going in today’s 56-6 2A quarterfinals loss.
Third-seeded Fort Sumner secured that 50-point differential by scoring a touchdown in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
Newcomb, which lost two of its last three games dating back to its regular-season finale against Escalante on Oct. 26, ended its season at 10-2.
Third-seeded Fort Sumner will face second-seeded Santa Rosa in the 2A semifinals.