LAS CRUCES — Carlsbad (4-3, 2-0) knocked off Organ Mountain (3-4, 0-2) 33-26 Thursday at the Field of Dreams in Las Cruces in a game that featured almost two total hours of delays .
Carlsbad rattled off 26 straight points after falling behind 13-0 early in the first quarter and rode an unstoppable rushing attack to its second straight district win while the Knights remain winless against 6A opponents. The game was delayed at halftime nearly 90 minutes due to lightning and later delayed almost 20 minutes due to an injury to a Carlsbad player during the third quarter. The game lasted almost four hours total.
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Organ Mountain scored on its second drive of the night to take a 7-0 lead before recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and promptly scoring two plays later. The Knights led 13-7 after the first quarter, but Carlsbad scored 13 unanswered points in the second period to take a 20-13 lead at halftime. The teams were preparing to take the field for the second half when lightning strikes within eight miles of the stadium caused an extended delay.
Carlsbad scored its fourth touchdown of the day on the first play of the fourth quarter and scored the dagger touchdown with just over two minutes left in the final period. All five of Carlsbad’s scores came on the ground while all four of Organ Mountain’s touchdowns came through the air.
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Knights quarterback Logan Tarango threw for more than 200 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Receiver Isaiah Maldonado hauled in almost 100 yards receiving. Nearly all of Carlsbad’s offensive production came on the ground.
Organ Mountain’s playoff hopes are dealt a serious blow with the loss, as the Knights would now likely need to win all three of its final games against Las Cruces, Hobbs and Alamogordo. Carlsbad appears to be in control of its playoff destiny ahead of its upcoming game against Centennial next Saturday.
Stephen Wagner is a sports reporter for the Las Cruces Sun News. He can found on Twitter at @stephenwag22 and reached at [email protected]