The Trinidad High School Miners were pummeled by Crowley County, falling to the 5-1, 6th ranked Chargers at Miner Stadium on a perfect football Homecoming evening. The weather was delightful, but not the final score. The Miners, throttled 46-0 by a good football team, will not be looking forward to the playoffs. The entire Charger defense was swarming, and the offense, under the skillful guidance of quarterback Bradley Clabey, was unstoppable against the undermanned Miners. The athletic quarterback from Crowley County threw the football with uncanny accuracy, and added a whole bunch of yardage with his legs. It was more than enough to down the Miners (1-6) for their sixth consecutive loss of the season.
The Chargers were just too much for the smaller, but big-hearted Miners.
“We just can’t be consistent,” said beleaguered Coach Randy Begano. “We run three good plays, and then we relax. We have to block people. There is no other excuse. Our kids play hard and don’t quit, but we’ve got to play four quarters. We just can’t take downs off.”
Trinidad was held to minimal yardage offensively, notching their single first down with less than six minutes remaining in the third quarter, and running a meager 27 plays. Conversely, the Chargers ran 48 plays and controlled the line of scrimmage, opening big holes for Clabley and speedy sophomore Dylan Tuma. The Miners were also unable to successfully defend against the perfectly spiraled throws of Clabley. Crowley County scored a single touchdown in the first period, but exploded for 20 in the second and 13 in the third to dash any hopes for a successful Miner Homecoming. The final two Charger touchdowns in the third quarter, and another early in the fourth, instituted the ‘running clock’ rule with 10:45 remaining.
“We have players that are working hard and getting closer, especially those who work hard with their training,” Assistant Coach Gary Vezzani said. “Training and getting physically ready is important. It has to be more players than just our starters. Our defense needs work, but they are working harder. Our offense just can’t get rolling. They made a good effort. There are some kids who do play hard, but we need all of them to do that. I feel badly with the loss because I feel like I let the kids down. I have to do a better job as a coach.”
The Miners, playing their final game of the season, will be on the road to contest the winless Dolores Huerta Scorpions in Pueblo on Friday, May 28. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Trinidad 0 0 0 0 — 0
Crowley County 7 20 13 6 — 46