Bobcats triumph over Center 38-26, rise above .500

Ignacio's Adison Jones
Ignacio's Jack Frost
Ignacio's Adison Jones (8) plants both feet firmly into Centauri Falcon Field, to throw behind blocking of Alex Lopez (74) and Joe Herrera (25) on Saturday, Oct. 5 out in La Jara. Jones went over 300 yards with two TDs against CHS, and then threw three more TDs with nearly the same yardage total on Friday, Oct. 11 at Center.
Ignacio's Jack Frost (73) gives quarterback Adison Jones (8) time to throw Saturday, Oct. 5 against Centauri out in La Jara. Due to the work of O-liners like Frost, Jones approached 600 combined yards passing in a loss to CHS and a win Friday, Oct. 11 at Center.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

Getting offensive numbers necessary to produce much greater results, Center head coach Lee Flood likely was still in disbelief a week later that his Vikings would be hosting Ignacio after having won a 1A Southern Peaks Conference road game with just two points.

Of course, Center’s opponent then also happened to be a ramshackle Dolores – nothing like the team that was coming out to Center Community Park last Friday, Oct. 11.

Somewhat score-starved themselves after posting just 24 points in losses to SPC powers Monte Vista and Centauri – but regularly able to move the ball deep into the enemies’ territory – the Bobcats weren’t about to be bullied a third straight week. They blew the game open in the second quarter en route to a 38-26 victory.

Senior Adam Herrera – inactive for Ignacio’s 58-16 loss in La Jara six days earlier – returned to action, contributing touchdowns via punt return and reception, one of junior Adison Jones’ three TD throws. Senior Clayton Jefferson hauled in the other two against the Vikes, then a “receiving votes” team in the CHSAANow.com poll with a 5-1 overall record.

Jones, who’d thrown for 310 yards and scores to Jefferson and sophomore Wyatt Hayes in the road loss at Centauri, was a reported 21-of-36 for 280 in Center after another strong effort by his O-line.

That will not bode well for winless Del Norte (0-7, 0-3 SPC), visiting IHS Field Oct. 18 for the Bobcats’ Homecoming/Senior Night home finale. The Tigers have scored but 19 points, have allowed 344, and have been shut out five times – so far – in 2013.

Hotly pursuing a winning season, Ignacio improved to 4-3, 1-2 by beating the Vikings (5-2, 1-2), who will make the short intra-San Luis Valley trip down to MVHS (6-1, 3-0) on Oct. 18. SoPeaks co-leaders Centauri (6-1, 3-0), meanwhile, will head west to take on DHS (1-5, 1-2).

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