BLACKWATER DRAW — Raton junior quarterback Jordan Carlini put the ball in the air 45 times Friday, connecting for 259 yards to lift his team to a 28-13 win over the Portales Rams.
With the exception of a 169-yard rushing effort by Ram senior quarterback Chris Mosier, little went right for Portales. With 110 yards in penalties and an 11-of-35 performance from Mosier through the air, it was a homecoming Portales would just as soon forget.
“It was a game of lost opportunities; we were dropping passes everywhere,” Ram coach Andy Correll said. “(Unless) we get that fixed ,we may end up 0-10.”
The Rams (0-4) managed to capitalize on a few opportunities early but later couldn’t convert after big plays to stay in the driver’s seat.
In the first quarter, Mosier sparked a drive with an 18-yard run capped by a Tiger penalty and followed it up with a 9-yard pass to senior Josh Kelsey to the Raton 15. After another quarterback-keeper of 11 yards and a penalty, Mosier crashed in from the 3-yard-line with 7:21 left. A bad snap on the conversion from the shotgun made it 6-0 Rams.
The Rams got their next score after a 15-yard sweep by junior Michael Trujillo early in the second quarter moved the ball to the Raton 35. Mosier slipped up the middle on the next play to make it 13-0.
The two-touchdown lead was short-lived though as Raton senior Gabe Olivas broke the ensuing kickoff for a 77-yard score to make it 13-6.
With 4:45 left in the half, Raton (2-1) stopped the Rams on their own 15, forcing a punt. A bad snap sent the ball out of the end zone for a safety, bringing the Tigers within five points.
Carlini gave his team the lead for good early in the second half, connecting with freshman Josh Sanchez for a 10-yard catch-and-run score to make it 15-13.
“It’s just game experience, we’re lacking it right now,” Correll said of his team.
The Ram defense, which had been the bright spot, slipped backwards said defensive coordinator Mark McAfee.
“We gave up 28 points tonight. I think we did (slip backwards),” McAfee said. “Raton was better than we were.”
The Tigers capped things off with two more scores in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Carlini faked a handoff and scampered untouched for 16 yards at the start of the period. Then he connected on a 1-yard toss to sophomore Janti Abaza with 7:33 to play for the final score.
Portales travels to Goddard Friday for a 7 p.m. matchup.
Raton 0 8 7 13 — 28
Portales 6 7 0 0 — 13
P — Chris Mosier 3-yard run (kick failed), 7:21
P — Mosier 35-yard run (Genero Olivas kick), 7:26
R — Gabe Olivas 77-yard kickoff return (kick failed), 7:12
R — Safety, punt snap through end zone, 4:45
R — Josh Sanchez 10-yard pass from Carlini (Carlini kick), 7:18
R — Janti Abaza 1-yard pass from Carlini, (kick failed) 7:33
First downs 18 11
Rushes-yards 28-117 38-245
Passing yards 259 108
Total yards 376 353
Comp-att-int 27-45-1 11-35-0
Fumbles lost 1 1
Penalties-yards 14-96 13-110
Rushing — Raton, Sanchez 12-39, Olivas 4-37, Carlini 4-27, Jordan Cruz 7-14, Silva 1-0. Portales, Mosier 24-169, Brandon Adkins 3-27, Ricky Lovato 8-25, Michael Trujillo 3-24.
Passing — Raton, Carlini 27-45-1-259. Portales, Mosier10-34-0-99, Trujillo 1-1-0-9.
Records — Raton 2-1, Portales 0-4.