On the first play of Estancia’s opening drive in last Friday’s 57-7 rout over the visiting Dulce Hawks, Zeke Tapia ran for a 65-yard touchdown but the play was nullified by a holding penalty.
It didn’t matter.
On the very next play—after the officials moved the Bears back 5 yards for the penalty—Tapia dashed past everyone for a 70-yard touchdown.
Moments later Estancia recovered a Dulce fumble, and on the Bears’ first play of their next drive Tapia scored again—this time from 13 yards out. Tapia had 116 yards on three carries.
Only 10 seconds had ticked off the clock between the Bears’ first touchdown and their second, and less than a minute had transpired since the opening kickoff.
Estancia quarterback Isaiah Chavez ran for a 70-yard touchdown on the first play of the Bears’ ensuing possession, Josh Thomas added a 64-yard TD on the first play of the following possession, and Cruz Moreno bowled his way into the end zone on—what else?—the first play of the next possession.
“It’s homecoming week, we’re just having fun,” Moreno said on the sidelines.
Thomas scored two more TDs for his first-ever three-touchdown tally in the first quarter. “It feels pretty good,” he said. “I just gotta keep running hard, stay focused.” He had a team-high 139 yards rushing on three carries.
Brian Walker ran back an interception for a touchdown and with 2:32 still left on the clock in the first quarter the Bears had already built a blistering 51-7 lead.
Estancia put in its back-ups for the remainder of the contest and JV running back Jesus Lizarraga scored the Bears final TD.
Typically, officials will end a high school football game when one team gains a 50-point lead, providing it gets to halftime or after. But Dulce conceded with a few minutes left in the second quarter, essentially forfeiting the game.
Estancia head coach Stewart Burnett said he was disappointed in how the game ended. “I’m waiting to hear how the game will officially be recorded, as technically a forfeit is recorded as a score of 2-0,” Burnett said, adding, “But I am very pleased with our team and how we played.”
On Tuesday Burnett said the New Mexico Activities Association confirmed the 57-7 score would stand.
The Bears play at Cuba Friday at 7 p.m.