With postgame fireworks sparkling above Moriarty High’s football field, the Pintos were all smiles as they celebrated their explosive 38-12 homecoming victory Sept. 21 over the visiting Capital Jaguars.

Moriarty was boosted by a pair of rushing touchdowns from Pete Sandoval, and one touchdown apiece from Xavier Romero and Bryan Wright.

Wright also threw a TD pass to Caleb Flaming.

“We always play well on homecoming,” Moriarty head coach Joe Anaya said. “I don’t know what it is, but on homecoming, our kids show up to play.”

Moriarty Homecoming Queen Kacie Armendariz with her parents.

With the largest crowd of the season on hand to see the Pintos pile up their most points of the season, Romero opened the scoring midway through the first quarter with a 78-yard, tackle-breaking touchdown run.

Sandoval capped the TD with a 2-point conversion run.

Justin Carmona’s interception early in the second quarter gave Moriarty good field position to start a seven-play drive that ended with Sandoval’s first touchdown of the game—a 7-yard sweep to the right—followed by his second 2-point conversion to lift the Pintos to a 16-0 lead.

Later in the quarter, Wright connected on a 20-yard pass to Flaming who caught it in stride at the Capital 35-yard line and galloped to the end zone to propel the Pintos to a 23-0 lead at half time.

During the intermission ceremony, Kacie Armendariz was crowned homecoming queen.

On the first play of the third quarter, the Jaguars scored on a 49-yard rushing touchdown.

Capital added a 75-yard rushing TD to trim the gap to 23-12 with just over two minutes left in the third.

But Wright capped Moriarty’s next possession with a 1-yard dive at the start of the fourth quarter to push the Pintos ahead, 31-12.

Sandoval’s second TD of the night came on a 27-yard burst with 5:57 left in the game.

“We made two mistakes, and that cost us some points, but other than that [the players] did their job,” Anaya said, adding, “I think we matured some tonight.”

The Pintos travel to Truth or Consequences Sept. 28 to take on the Hot Springs Tigers.