Defeat came fast and furious to the Moriarty High School football team during its Sept. 8 matchup against the Hope Christian Huskies.
On the first play from scrimmage, Hope’s quarterback connected on a 61-yard touchdown pass.
Sixteen seconds had ticked off the scoreboard clock at Albuquerque’s Milne Stadium and the Pintos were already facing a 7-0 deficit.
And Hope Christian (3-0) was just getting warmed up. Slicing through the Pintos’ secondary with their passing attack, the Huskies built a commanding 35-0 lead by halftime.
“It started right off the bat and just unraveled,” Moriarty head coach Joe Anaya said. “Like pulling a loose thread.”
When it was over, the Pintos (1-2) were on the scoreless end of a 44-0 walloping, their most lopsided loss since 2015.
“That’s a good football team,” Anaya said of the Huskies—a team Moriarty had defeated the past two consecutive seasons. “They’re senior-loaded and very experienced. When you make a mistake against good teams like that, they feed on it.”
The Huskies defense was equally dominant, forcing the Pintos to punt six times during the first half.
Midway through the third quarter, after the Huskies had extended their lead to 41-0, a 40-yard kickoff return by Bryan Wright put the Pintos in position to mount their best drive of the game.
The Pintos used 11 plays to get inside the Huskies 30-yard line.
But on the 12th play of the drive, facing fourth-and-8, Wright was scrambling to avoid Hope’s blitz and he threw an interception.
Wright was 2 for 3 passing and led the Pintos with 64 yards rushing.
After the game, Moriarty senior running back Xavier Romero, who rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries, huddled his teammates together and said, “We’re gonna have to bust our butts from here on out.”
In a similar acknowledgement, Anaya said his team just needs to “work through this [defeat],” adding, “We’ll bounce back, we’ll get the ball rolling in the right direction.”
The Pintos play their next game at Valencia (2-1) Sept. 14.