After picking up two consecutive wins, Moriarty High School’s football team suffered a 48-12 setback Oct. 12 to the visiting Kirtland Central Broncos (4-3).

It took just two plays for Broncos running back Cadan Flack to get into the end zone and set the tone of the game.

Conversely, the Pintos (3-4) sputtered on offense, punting on their first four possessions.

“They’re a good team,” Moriarty head coach Joe Anaya said of the Broncos. “But I don’t know, we have kids that play hard, they just don’t put it all together all the time—it’s frustrating.”

On defense, the Pintos had their hands full trying to contain Flack as the Broncos built a 20-0 first-half lead.

Moriarty got on the board late in the second quarter with a short touchdown pass from Bryan Wright to Caleb Flaming to make it 20-6 at halftime.

“It took us a while to find our groove but once we did I thought we moved the ball pretty well,” Anaya said.

After the intermission, the Broncos picked up right where they left off in the first half.

“They came out boom, boom, boom [in the second half] and scored again,” Anaya said. “We made too many mistakes, that killed us tonight. You can’t make mistakes like we made against good teams, they’ll eat you alive.”

Moriarty scored its second touchdown on a Santiago Montoya run—his first touchdown of the season.

Anaya said his young players need to keep working and learn from the losses, particularly when it comes to handling adversity.

“We can’t let one bad play turn into five and allow it to flip the momentum,” Anaya said. “Once we learn how to handle that, we’ll be OK—we’ve just got to be a team, gotta move forward.”

The Pintos travel to southeastern New Mexico Oct. 19 to take on their new district foe, the Lovington Wildcats (3-4).