Chapin Is No Match For Las Cruces
The Chapin Huskies experienced a nightmare on Friday as they were outmatched by Las Cruces at the Field of Dreams. The Huskies began the game in a rather inauspicious fashion when quarterback Seth Gonzalez fumbled the ball on their first play from scrimmage.
The Chapin turnover gave Las Cruces the ball at the Huskies' 4 yard line, where they wasted no time capitalizing on the early mistake as their running back Adrian Lucero scored on the 4 yard TD run, giving the Bulldogs the early 7-0 lead. Las Cruces took advantage of exceptional field position on their next possession and marched down to take a 14-0 lead when running back J.j. Granados scored on the short 5 yard TD run.
Chapin finally got a break in the first quarter when Las Cruces DB Michael Holguin fumbled the ball at the Chapin 35. The Huskies seized the opportunity and cut the Las Cruces lead in half when QB Seth Gonzalez found his wide receiver Jaylen Addison in the right corner of the end zone for the 5 yard TD.
Inspired by their ability to finally move the ball on the Las Cruces defense, Chapin scored again, this time Gonzalez threw a spectacular 60 yard touchdown pass to his wide receiver Ricky Williams. At the end of the first quarter it was a true offensive battle as both teams scored a combined 35 points, with Las Cruces leading 21-14.
The 7 point deficit was as close as Chapin would get to Las Cruces throughout the remainder of the contest as the Bulldogs poured on the points in the second quarter, and in the second half. Las Cruces won the game 38-14 as their defense stepped up after halftime, and the Huskies continued to beat themselves by committing 3 turnovers in the second half, they had 4 throughout the game.
Chapin faced an up hill battle all night long by giving Las Cruces exceptional field position. It is difficult enough to stop a team with a prolific offense, but when they are given great field position on numerous possessions, it is nearly impossible.
The Huskies look to rebound next week as they stay in the state of New Mexico and travel to Rio Rancho to face Cleveland. Las Cruces is ranked number 1 in New Mexico and will face Eldorado in Albuquerque. If the Bulldogs continue to look as good as they did last night, they could be playing for another state championship in November.