The massive dark cloud that hovered over the town of Estancia prior to the Bears’ kickoff had Friday the 13th written all over it.

As the Bears lined up for the traditional pregame burst through the team’s red and white spirit banner, lightning prompted the officials to delay the start of the game against the visiting McCurdy Bobcats.

After the 30-minute delay, the Bears came out on fire, using a revamped offense to roll to a 53-0 blowout over the Bobcats. “The boys played really well,” Estancia head coach Stewart Burnett said. “We ran a completely new offensive set and took every snap out of the shotgun. It was fun and worked really well.”

The Bears (3-4, 1-0 in District 2/6-3A) scored on their opening drive when Cruz Moreno—who was lining up as a running back but took the direct snap—hit Andrew Lujan for a 21-yard touchdown pass.

“We had four different players take snaps out of the shotgun and three of them threw passes,” Burnett said.

Moreno had the most success in the air, completing five of his six passes for 114 yards and two TDs. His other touchdown pass was to Reyez Herrera.

Burnett said that Lujan, who started in the backfield in place of injured Drayton Oberg, “may be a huge player” for the Bears. He racked up four touchdowns and 297 yards rushing, and returned an 84-yard punt tallying 405 total yards.

“I feel we are in the midst of a pretty seismic evolution offensively. Time will tell,” Burnett said.

The Bears play at Dulce Friday at 7 p.m.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at [email protected]