DEXTER — The Dexter Demons dominated early and never let up Friday night.
Dexter opened a 21-point lead before Portales High broke through in the second quarter, and the Demons never looked back in a 46-13 rout of the previously unbeaten Rams.
Dexter, ranked fourth in Class 2A, improved to 4-1 for the season while handing the Rams, ranked third in Class 3A, their first setback in five outings.
“It was definitely a humbling experience,” Rams coach Jaime Ramirez said. “Our focus on Monday should be very intense.
“We just have to be focused and ready to play when we get off the bus. We probably had more dropped passes than we caught in the first half.”
The Rams’ first score was actually by their defense — junior linebacker Daren Bonem scooped up a fumble and returned it 35 yards in the second quarter, after which Dustin Sisneros kicked the extra point to make it 21-7 at halftime.
Sophomore running back Bronte Staugaard pulled PHS to 21-13 with about eight minutes left in the third quarter on a 25-yard run, but the kick failed and the Demons took off again shortly thereafter.
“They’re a good football team, well-coached,” Ramirez said. “Honestly, they just outhustled us and outplayed us.”
Turnovers helped the Demons add to their lead in the final quarter, Ramirez said. “We just gave them some easy scores,” he said.