ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian converted a couple of turnovers into touchdowns in the final five minutes Saturday night and the Huskies rallied for a 42-32 victory over Portales at Milne Stadium.
Sophomore quarterback Caleb Meyer-Hagen threw five touchdown passes for the Huskies (3-4), four to senior wide receiver Luke Dye. The two hooked up on a 75-yard play to give Hope a 35-32 lead after an interception deep in Huskies territory, and they connected again from 15 yards out in the closing moments after recovering a Rams fumble.
“They outplayed us from beginning to end,” Rams coach Jaime Ramirez said. “We fought our way back into the game, but the truth is we made too many mistakes.”
Early on, Hope had control of the game. Touchdown passes to Dye and senior Chris Roland and a 45-yard run by senior Robert Ortiz staked the Huskies to a 21-8 lead at the quarter.
The Rams (5-2), who ran successful 2-point conversions after each of their scores, pulled to 27-24 late in the half on a 4-yard scramble by senior quarterback Daniel Sanchez, set up by a long pass play to sophomore Bronte Staugaard. Earlier in the period, Staugaard broke a 40-yard run for a touchdown to make it 21-16.
The Rams took the lead in the third period on a 45-yard pass from Sanchez to junior Travis Connell, making it 32-27. They were driving for a potential insurance score before the late interception.
“We just didn’t click today,” Ramirez said. “We’ve got to get back to playing better football.”
PHS plays its final non-district game on Friday in a 7 p.m. kickoff against Roswell High at Greyhound Stadium.