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Cards spoil Capital homecoming

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Showing ability to get it done through the air as well as via the old-fashioned ground game, Robertson put a 43-0 hurting on Santa Fe Capital on Friday night, putting a damper on the Jaguars’ homecoming festivities.

Coach Leroy Gonzalez’s Cardinals are ranked second in the New Mexico High School Coaches’ Association poll and third in the New Mexico GameDay poll conducted by KOB-TV. Their lone defeat to date came Sept. 3 at top-ranked Lovington.

Robertson accumulated more than 200 yards of offense in the first half alone on Friday. While the usual staple of rushing the ball with quarterback Daniel Martinez and running backs Dalan Abreu and Nick Archuleta was again the core of the RHS game plan, the Redbirds also passed with unprecedented effectiveness. Martinez connected with Fabian Montoya on two passing touchdowns and with Josh Brito on another.

The first of those scores came less than two minutes into the game. Martinez hit Montoya on a 29-yard lob that got the Cardinals to the Jaguar 15. Then on the next play, the same combination covered the remaining distance for a TD. Keen Martinez’s extra point made it 7-0 with 10:17 on the clock in the first period.

Not long after that, Robertson blocked a Jaguar punt and Brito recovered in the end zone for a special teams touchdown.

With the Cardinal defense holding CHS to negative yardage much of the first half, Robertson’s offense saw plenty of time on the field. Archuleta scored on a 10-yard run with 3:58 left in the first quarter for what would become a 21-0 lead.

The Jags managed a 40-yard kick return by Guino Sanchez to gain good field position on the next series, but Archuleta had a big tackle for loss and helped the RHS defense hold yet again. Johnathan Lucero later stuffed Capital on a fourth-down conversion attempt.

That led to Martinez’s pass to Brito and a 28-0 margin.

Coy Dolan came up with a fumble recovery at the Capital 25, although the Jags got the ball back on another fumble.

But Capital couldn’t hang on to the ball. Girard Maestas picked off Patrick Gutierrez and ran the ball back into Jaguar territory.

With 2:24 left in the half, Martinez passed to Montoya for a 31-yard strike to make it 35-0, triggering the mercy-rule running clock.

Capital couldn’t get a handle on the opening kickoff of the second half, and the Cards picked up two more points on a safety.

Then for a while, it became The Keen Martinez Show. The senior placekicker, known best for starring on the boys’ soccer team, drilled a 37-yard field goal to make it 40-0.

Early in the third, he got another shot, this time from 34 yards away, and hit it for 43-0.

WIth 7:04 left in the fourth quarter, Martinez was in the middle of testing his leg for what would have been a 49-yarder when Capital blocked the attempt.

The Jaguars made their most impressive drive of the evening and reached the RHS 3 only to turn the ball over on downs in the face of a sturdy Cardinal goal-line stand with two and a half minutes remaining.

That kept the shutout intact, though Capital avoided the 50-point margin which, under new statewide rules, leads game officials to call the contest.

 Robertson got another effective blocking effort from linemen Gabriel Lovato, Sam Marquez, Isaac Santa Cruz, Brian Rudolph and Zach Silva.

The Redbirds will host No. 10 Ruidoso this coming Friday at Cardinal Stadium.