The Taos Tigers sent a message in all caps, and ended their statement with an exclamation point Friday night.
The Tigers are a team on a roll - taking down the Pojoaque Valley Elks 51-0 at their field Oct. 28. This was a District 2-4A game - that on paper seemed like two evenly matched teams, with identical overall and league records. On turf, however, Taos was clearly the more talented team and stronger team.
Due to the mercy rule, the game ended with 9:40 left in the fourth quarter. The rule takes effect when a more dominant team goes up by 50 or more points on an opponent.
The Tigers are now 5-4 overall and 3-2 in district play. The next game for Taos will be against the Bernalillo Spartans on Nov. 5.
Taos Lady Tigers win state opener
Earlier in the day, the seventh ranked Lady Tigers similarly took care of business, and won their first-round state tournament game, 4-1 against the tenth ranked Hatch Valley Lady Bears.
The Lady Tigers struck early, and by mid-way through the first half, Taos had already amassed a 3-0 lead on an early goal from Aaliyah Qunintana, and a pair from Cora Cannedy. At exactly one minute into the second half, Kaelin Tonrey blasted a 15-yard shot into the net to give Taos an insurmountable lead 4-0.
Julia Varos-Mendez and Isabella Padilla were each credited with an assist each.
The Hatch Valley Lady Bears were able to score with just under 5-minutes left in the game with an aggressive attack on goal, but the Lady Tigers managed to run out the clock with conservative play.
Taos now will play in the quarterfinals against the Hope Christian Huskies - the number two team in class A/4A - on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 9:30 a.m. Games will take place at the New Mexico Soccer Complex in Bernalillo.