Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Sandia is solid at shooting bulldogs

SANDIA 30, ALBUQUERQUE UP TO 14

Sandia 0 23 7 0 – 30

AHS 0 0 0 14-14

Rating: S, Malachi Thymes 1 run (Will Cao kick); S, Thymes 12-Lauf (Cao-Kick); S, security, tackled AHS quarterback Daysean Fuentes in the end zone; S, Dalton Speis 5 Pass from Dalen Moyer (Cao Kick); S, Thymes 3 run (Cao Kick); AHS, Andres Aguirre 35 Pass from Fuentes (Fuentes Pass to Anthony White); AHS, Fuentes 48 run (fun failed). Records: S 3-4, 2-1 in 2 / 5-6A; AHS 2-5, 0-3. First departures: S 17; AHS 9. Rushes-Yards: S 39-199; AHS 19-110. Past: S 10-17-0-132; AHS 6-22-0-67. Total offense: S 331; AHS 177. Punts Avg: S 3-34.0; AHS 4-35.3. Fumbles lost: S 0-0; AHS 4-0. Criminal Courts: S 13-124; AHS 5-43.

Sandias Dalton Speis, left, jumps for a touchdown catch while Gilbert Marquez of Albuquerque High defends it on Friday night at Milne Stadium.
Roberto E. Rosales / Journal

For the first time this football season, the Sandia Matadors are going in the right direction.

Junior deficit Malachi Thymes stormed for 120 yards and three touchdowns for the Matadors on Thursday night when Sandia took a 30-14 win over Albuquerque High at Milne Stadium.

With their second win in a row (3-4 total, 2-1 in District 2 / 5-6A), Eldorado shared second place in the league, with the Eagles (4-3, 2-1) going up against Manzano Friday .

The Matadors and Eldorado will meet next Thursday at Wilson Stadium.

Sandia scored the first 30 points on Thursday.

“We played really well on both sides of the ball in the first half,” said Matadors coach Chad Adcox. “What disappoints me is that we didn’t make it. We could have finished the game in the third game and we didn’t. “

Sandia had a 23-point second quarter starting with Thymes’ 1-yard TD run fourth behind in the first minute.

A brief punt on AHS ‘next possession (2-5, 0-3) put the Matadors in with a superb field position at the Bulldogs’ 34, and it took them just four games to double their lead when Thymes came out of 12 Meters away.

It was still 14-0 late in the first half when a stellar punt from Dalton Speis of the Matadors nailed the AHS into the 1 less than a minute before half-time.

The Bulldogs chose not to try to run the clock. Instead, they took off three times. At the third residue, QB Daysean Fuentes dropped the ball from their right hand. He crashed 21 seconds before the break in the end zone for a safety.

“We got them pinned down which was great and I told the defense we need to get the security,” said Adcox. “I thought we’d make it on the run, I didn’t think they’d throw.”

Sandias Ely Lovato returned the ensuing free kick to Albuquerque High 5, and with two seconds to go, Matador’s quarterback Dalen Moyer threw a TD pass to Speis to make it 23-0.

“We’re actually starting to do more,” said Thymes. “And to actually do our job. In the first two quarters everyone understood what they were doing. “

Thymes scored a 3 yard run on Sandia’s opening run of the third quarter.

AHS scored its 14 points in the fourth quarter. A great 48 yard TD from Fuentes reduced the gap to 30-14, and those nine points the Bulldogs gave Sandia at the end of the first half were big.

“We’re starting to get a little healthier, getting our playmakers in a good position, we’re starting to play good football,” said Adcox. “We only have to play four quarters and we’ve never done that in a game and it’s frustrating.”

ALSO THURSDAY: Volcano Vista (5-2, 2-0 in 1-6A) scored 48 points in the first half on the way to a 61-9 win at Nusenda Community Stadium against Atrisco Heritage (3-4, 0-2 ). … Menaul (4-2) won 36-12 at Navajo Pine in eight-man action.

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