Ruidoso’s football team may not have found it difficult to hand New Mexico Military Institute a 54-0 loss on the road, Oct. 6. But don’t think coach Johnson was taking the Colts lightly.
“We kept telling them to be ready, no matter what their record was,” Johnson said of NMMI (2-5, 0-1 District 4-4A). “They’d better be ready to play.”
Ruidoso (5-2, 1-0) had lost to the Colts in Roswell two years before, so Johnson knew they could hurt his team if they weren’t on the lookout.
Turns out he had little to worry about.
“They were on point from the very beginning,” Johnson said of his team. “Our team did what they should, went out and took care of business.”
Ruidoso did so well, they had a 41-0 lead at halftime. That’s when Johnson put in the second stringers.
“Brennam (Stewart) didn’t play quarterback at all in the second half,” Johnson said. “We were able to get a lot of our young guys some game experience.”
Sophomore Aiden Gast was one of those young guys, spelling Stewart at quarterback. He had a fairly good half, going 5-for-6 passing for 60 yards.
Stewart threw for 243 yards and four touchdowns in two quarters of play, with Gabriel Dorame being a favorite target. He caught nine passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.
Ruidoso’s running game was modest, collecting 149 yards and led by sophomore Leo Mora with 57.
Now, the Warriors take on Hope Christian, a team that deceptively good. They held Portales to a single touchdown and two field goals in a loss Friday, and Ruidoso needed a 79-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Otero to beat the Huskies last season in Albuquerque.
“They’ve played teams really close,” Johnson said. “We’ll have to bring our A-game against them. This is district and you can’t take anybody lightly.”