Moises Anaya had two touchdowns rushing, Adam Lujan added a TD, and Estancia’s stout defense helped the unbeaten Bears survive four turnovers in last Friday’s 19-9 victory over the visiting Clayton Yellowjackets.
The win, a rematch of last year’s Class 3A state championship, pushes Estancia’s record to 7-0, the best start under head coach Stewart Burnett.
Anaya capped Estancia’s four-play opening drive with a 52-yard scamper to the end zone.
On Estancia’s next possession Anaya followed his blockers through a porous hive of Yellowjackets for a 50-yard TD. “Those holes were wide, wide open,” Anaya said. His 194 yards rushing marks a personal best.
Lujan’s 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter rounded out Estancia’s scoring.
The Bears’ four turnovers came on two interceptions, one in each half, and two fumbles.
Estancia’s defense managed to keep the Yellowjackets under wraps, including a goal-line stand in the second quarter that limited Clayton to a field goal following the Bears’ first interception.
“Four turnovers against anyone is unacceptable,” Burnett said. “The silver lining is we played well below our level and still managed to beat a very good team that I believe is one of the best in our class. We now have plenty to work on and improve upon moving forward.”
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