By JEREMIAH WILSON
Leader & Times
KISMET—The Southern Heights Mustangs struggled all night to contain a precise air assualt by the Cimarron Blue Jays Friday night, as the Blue Jays rocked the Mustangs 54-6.
The Heights secondary gave up one big pass play after another as Cimarron quarterback racked up 269 yards on a 16-of-22 passing performance with five touchdowns.
The Mustangs defense gave up touchdown passes of 64 yards, 14 yards, 17 yards and two touchdown passes of seven yards.
Cimarron got on the board early, scoring on the opening drive of the game in less than three minutes, ending with a two-yard touchdown run, and took an 8-0 lead.
Heights answered right back. The Mustangs marched right down the field, and Brandon Kisner finished the drive off when he hit Jorge dela Torre in the endzone on a 26-yard pass on an early fourth-and-long.
Unfortunately for the hometown crowd, that was all that Heights could muster on the night.
The Blue Jays scored two more times in the opening quarter for a 21-6 lead.
Cimarron struggled in the second quarter, racking up four holding penalties in the quarter. Nonetheless, the Blue Jays outscored the Mustangs 6-0 in the quarter for a 27-6 halftime lead.
Despite the chances Heights were given, they could not take advantage.
The onslaught continued early in the second half, when Cimarron scored on their first possesion of the third quarter.
Cimarron scored three more times in the fourth quarter, capping the scoring off on an interception returned 90 yards for a touchdown with 20 seconds remaining in the game.
The Mustangs couldn’t stop the Blue Jays offense, and could not get their own offense going.
Heights sophomore running back Efrain Chavez led the offense with 34 carries for 150 yards.
Senior running back Saul Sanchez was shut down, with only 10 yards on seven carries.
Kisner finished the night with 47 yards through the air on 4-of-13 passing with one touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Kisner added 21 yards on the ground on three carries.
Dela Torre had 2 catches for 44 yards and a touchdown, while Sanches had 2 receptions for 22 yards.
Freshman quarterback Payton LaPoint got to see some playing time in the fourth quarter.
LaPoint had a nice performance in a small sample size, completing 2-of-3 passes for 22 yards, with one interception.
On the defensive side of the ball sophomore Ivan Rascon led Heights with 14 tackles, and Sanchez had 10 tackles.
Chavez finished the night with 4 tackles and force a fumble.
The Mustangs forced two on the night, recovering both, one by dela Torre and the other by junior Cody Jennings.
The loss drops Heights to 3-5 on the year with a 3-3 record in Hi-Plains conference play.
The Mustangs will look to finish their season strong, when the host Lakin (4-4) Thursday night in the final regular season game.