By Nolberto Waddell
Copper Basin News
After suffering a loss to the Mogollon Mustangs the week before with sloppy play on offense and defense, the Hayden Lobos regrouped, practiced hard and came out last Friday displaying the football they are capable of playing in their dominance of the Patagonia Lobo football team.
The Hayden team took the opening kick-off and behind the running of Aaron Lagunas and Jared Gonzales soon had a touchdown for a 6 to 0 lead, failing on the two point play. The Hayden defense came up strong holding the Patagonia offense forcing a punt that had the offense starting at the 37 yard line. The Hayden offense moved the football down the field with Lagunas scoring from the three yard out at 4:04 of the first quarter the two point play failed again giving Hayden a 12 to 0 lead. Hayden kicked off, and held Patagonia to three and a punt. Gonzales returned the punt to the 50 yard line. The Hayden offense bogged down turning the ball over on downs and also lost the play of Gonzales going down with a knee injury. The quarter ended with Patagonia in possession of the ball.
The Patagonia offense finally moved getting their first first down on a 15 yard pass. The Patagonia offense came to an end when the Hayden defense linemen recorded three negative yard plays forcing Patagonia to turn the ball over on downs. Hayden took over, started a drive and despite a holding penalty and a big negative yard play soon had a first and goal at the 10 yard line. Lagunas took the lane of the 10 yards on two carries scoring from seven yards out. Quarterback Jacob Manriquez scored on the two point play giving Hayden a 20 to 0 lead at 3:55 of the second quarter. Hayden kick off, held Patagonia on four plays and ran the first half clock out to go into the halftime break with a 20 to 0 lead.
The Hayden Lobos kicked off to start the second half, and again held Patagonia to three plays and a punt. Lagunas took the punt back 29 yards to the Patagonia 45 yard line. A 20 yard completion to Chris Rabago from Manriquez gave Hayden a first down at the 25 yard line. On the next play Manriquez hit Lagunas with a short pass with Lagunas carrying the ball over the goal line for a T.D. Ezekiel Boltarez took care of the two points for a 28 to 0 Hayden lead at 9:47 of the third quarter. Hayden kicked with Patagonia bringing the ball to the 25 yard line. A big quarter back sack by Boltarez and Francisco Moreno had Patagonia back deep in their own territory. They could not move, went into punt formation but the football sailed over the punter into the end zone. The punter recovered but Manny Armenta was there to bring him down for a safety to give Hayden a 30 to 0 lead at 7: 34 of the third quarter. Patagonia kicked; Boltarez returned the ball to the Patagonia 43 yard line. After a five yard pass to Boltarez from Manriquez, Lagunas out ran the defense for a 38 yard TD only to have it whipped out on a holding penalty. Boltarez took care of the 10 yard penalty with a 28 yard run to the 20 yard line. Another holding penalty had Hayden at the Patagonia 40 yard line but a Lagunas 30 yard run gave Hayden first and goal just inside the 10 yard line. Brandon Cruz carried for eight yards and Boltarez took care of the remaining two yards for a TD. The two points fell incomplete for a 36 to 0 Hayden lead at 5:37 of the third quarter.
The Hayden coaches had seen enough, out came the starters and in went the young Hayden players. The young Hayden players held their own against the big Patagonia players for the rest of the game. The Hayden offense scored once more late in the fourth quarter when Manny Armenta was given a carry opportunity, carrying the football over the goal line from 28 yards out for a TD, scored the two points to give Hayden a 44 to 0 lead and a running clock at 3:36 of the fourth quarter. The game came to an end with Hayden taking a knee and letting the clock run out for their 44 to 0 win to even their recorded at one win against one loss.
The Hayden play was dominating getting 452 yards of total offense with 315 coming on runs and 137 on pass plays. Aaron Lagunas led the offense rushing for 145 yards on 17 carries, caught four passes for 64 yards and scored four touchdowns. Ezekiel Boltarez had 62 yards on eight carries, caught three passes for 20 yards scored one touchdown and a two point play. Jared Gonzales carried five times for 47 yards before going out with an injury. Manny Armenta had three carries for 30 yards, scored a TD and a two point play. Jacob Manriquez had 13 yards on four carries scored on a two point play. Bradon Cruz had 8 yards on two carries, Santiago Pina had 10 yards on three carries with Austin White and Ryan Donavan each with one carry for 0 yards.
In the passing game, Jacob Manriquez threw 22 passes completing 10 for 137 yards and one touchdown. Besides the Lagunas and Boltarez completions, Chris Rabago caught three pass for 53 yards.
The Hayden defense came up big. They held the big Patagonia team to only 74 total yards, 44 yards coming on 34 carries and 30 yards on two completing on eight pass attempts. The Hayden defense gave up only three first downs. Manny Armenta had a huge game getting 14 tackles and the safety. Francisco Moreno had nine tackles, and in on a QB sack with Ezekiel Boltarez who also recorded 4 tackles. Robert Sandoval had eight tackles before leaving the game with an injury. Getting credit for five tackles a piece where Santiago Pina, Chris Rabago and Austin White. Brandon Cruz had four tackles and a pass deflect with Jacob Manriquez, Juan Diego Hernandez and Adrian Encinas each getting three tackles. Getting two tackles a piece were Aaron Lagunas, Alex Sims, Ryan Donovan, and Adrian Corona who also forced a fumble. Jared Gonzales and Cesar Galindo-Benavidez each had a tackle.
The Hayden Lobos will board the bus for their first road game making the long four hour bus ride to take on the Ash Fork High School team on Friday, Sept. 13 with a 4 p.m. kick off.