OT needed for Warrior win

By Todd Fuqua

Overtime, not at all what the Ruidoso Warriors were expecting at Silver, Sept. 29.

Particularly after they were leading the Colts 20-7 at halftime.

But overtime is exactly what they got after allowing a game-tying touchdown near the end of regulation, but were able to block the extra point.

After that score, the Warriors drove into the red zone, but couldn’t convert, and it was on to an extra period.

It was then in overtime that Silver’s inability to convert the PAT spelled their doom, with Ruidoso earning a 33-32 victory.
“We powered the ball right down the field,” said Ruidoso coach Kief Johnson. “The one thing that hurt us was ourselves.”

Ruidoso (4-2) got its big early lead thanks to the run, primarily the running of Isaiah Otero, who ended with 210 yards and four touchdowns.

“Isaiah ran like a madman behind our big offensive line,” Johnson said. “We’d have liked to open up our offense, but Isaiah was running well and we were going with what worked.”

Otero wasn’t the only one scoring. Sebastian Polendo caught a 10-yard pass from Brennam Stewart in the second quarter – one of two catches he had for 25 yards – while Gabe Dorame and Grady Woodul combined for 96 yards on 15 receptions.

While it was a great win, it came against a winless team, and was just a week after a similarly close game against Tularosa.

Were these two games closer than they should have been?

“We didn’t like allowing Silver to come back like that. We have to finish some things and put more points on the board,” Johnson said. ‘”But Silver hasn’t had an easy schedule. They’re not that bad a team.”

Still, Ruidoso did get the victory, and now they’re headed down the road to Roswell to start District 4-4A play against New Mexico Military Institute.

NMMI won its second game of the year Friday, a 15-6 decision over Loving. This Colt team is another one the Warriors can’t afford to overlook.

“A couple of years ago, they beat us in Roswell,” Johnson said. “We just have to go in and be prepared to play our best ball.”

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