DORA — One step down for the Dora Coyotes in their bid to return to the 6-man state finals.
The next one gets a little tougher though.
Dora opened a 41-0 halftime lead on Saturday and cruised to a 55-0 win over Animas in a quarterfinal game. The contest was called midway through the third quarter on the state’s 50-point mercy rule.
The Coyotes (8-2), seeded third in the six-team field, visit second-seeded Hondo in a 6 p.m. semifinal on Friday in a rematch of last year’s championship game at Dora. The Eagles (8-1), who had one of two first-round byes this weekend, won the title with a 65-41 victory over the Coyotes.
Junior J.J. Tarango and Eddie Arzate and senior Jestin Watson all had interceptions for the Coyotes, with Watson returning his 40 yards for a score. On offense, Watson had more than 100 yards rushing while Arzate had two touchdowns rushing and two throwing.
“We played pretty well,” Coyotes coach Mason McBee said. “Everybody came out healthy, so that’s good.
“We’re looking forward to the next one. We’re excited to be where we’re at.”