Maybe it was that garish blue playing surface.
Robertson’s football team lost the turnover battle Friday night, and that helped the host Lovington Wildcats take a 28-6 victory. Both teams are now 1-1.
For the Cardinals, the turnovers came at most inopportune times.
RHS quarterback Daniel Martinez, who’d strung together a good series, had driven his team deep into scoring range when the Cats picked off his pass in the end zone late in the first half.
Two plays later, Lovington QB Jacob Jameson connected with Robert Perez on a 73-yard touchdown bomb.
Then on the next Robertson series, the Cards lost the ball again, a fumble that led to another quick Wildcat score just before halftime.
Thus, within a span of less than two minutes, a one-possession game became a 20-0 halftime bulge.
To be sure, Jameson — chosen as the state’s top signalcaller in a recent KOB-TV GameDay viewer poll — had plenty to do with Friday’s outcome.
He ran the ball extensively and threw to Damian Mendoza for the first score, which came only after a scoreless first quarter showed how close the matchup could be.
Jameson and his Cats engineered another balanced offensive drive to start the third period, finishing with a TD and two-point conversion — and forcing the Cardinals to try climbing out of a 28-0 chasm.
Martinez, who ran the ball with effectiveness as he attempted to rally the Redbirds, took the team to the Lovington red zone again late in the third quarter. But the drive ended when the Cards could not convert on fourth down.
Another interception, this one by Reggie Hargrove stepping in front of a Martinez lob, cut short the next RHS drive.
Still, Robertson kept battling all through the final quarter. As time ran down, Martinez hit Dalan Abreu on a long pass to reach the Wildcat 20-yard line. A short time later, Martinez scampered into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown at the 1:04 mark.
The Cardinals look to get back on the winning side Friday night when they host Española Valley for homecoming. The Sundevils lost 40-20 to visiting West Las Vegas over the weekend.