LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Portales couldn’t get a stop on defense Friday and a high-powered Robertson running game rolled over the Rams 41-6 in the season-opener for both teams.
The Cardinals’ backfield tandem of junior Dalan Abreu and senior Nick Archuleta rushed for more than 100 yards each.
The Cardinals (1-0) got on the board when Archuleta scored on a 1-yard run with 10:28 to play in the first quarter. That touchdown was set up by a Portales turnover on the first play from scrimmage after senior Jesse Blue fumbled following a pass reception.
“That took some wind out of our sails,” Portales coach Mark McAfee said of the turnover.
Blue made amends with a team-high five catches for 47 yards but Portales struggled to get on track on both sides of the ball. To make things worse, senior quarterback J.J. Collins went out of the game in the first half with an injured ankle. McAfee said he was hoping it was just a sprain but didn’t rule out a broken bone.
Abreu scored his first touchdown with 49 seconds to go in the initial quarter on a 20-yard reception from Martinez. Abreu got his second touchdown reception of the night with 5:30 to play in the half to make the score 20-0.
“Defensively we hustled but couldn’t get where we needed to be,” McAfee said. “They executed well, Robertson is a good ball club.”
Robertson coach Leroy Gonzalez was pleased with his offense, in particular the front line.
“I think we played pretty good up front,” Gonzalez said. “That was the biggest thing for us.”
Martinez broke a 40-yard run for a Robertson touchdown early in the third and Archuleta caught a 1-yard Martinez pass for another early in the fourth to put the Rams in a 41-0 hole with the clock running.
Portales got on the board with 2:18 to play when backup quarterback Phoenix Russell threw a 15-yard pass to junior David Rodriguez off the bootleg.