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Durango youths reach season’s midpoint

Teams have mixed results in New Mexico
Ryland Lopez of Durango's second grade team runs for a touchdown Saturday against Kirtland. (Courtesy Erin Lopez)

Teams from the Durango Youth Football League just reached the midpoint of their regular seasons.

Saturday, several Durango squads finished on top, and two others came up just short.

The second grade Demons trounced Kirtland 45-0.

Trenton Pinto, Emiliano Contreras, Jase Schwettman led the defensive line while Carter King, Griffin Imel, A.J. Peterson and Jake McCoy contained the backfield. Conner Vagneur also made numerous tackles in the game.

Ryland Lopez scored three touchdowns for Durango, Charles Alston scored two, and Rowan Matava and George Mayberry each added one. Lopez, Vagneur and King also converted on extra points.

Durango’s third grade team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Kirtland, 12-7. Quarterback Darren Brunson connected with Colin Price for a touchdown. Clark McKay, Feliciano Zamario and Kawika Walker also made big tackles to contain Kirtland’s offense, but the Demons came up just short.

The fourth grade Demons continued to play strong and defeated Bloomfield 14-0 in Aztec. In the fourth quarter, Sawyer Sigle ran 45 yards for a touchdown, and Tobias Romero ran 52 yards for a touchdown to clinch the win. Brantley Bourne ran for an extra point, and Sigle connected with Jameson Green for the other. The defense held Bloomfield to two first downs, and Carter Lopez led the team with eight tackles. Colt Bartel had four tackles and a sack, and Romero had five tackles.

The Durango fifth grade team lost to the Farmington Storm 20-12 in Farmington. Greyson Ochocki and Blake Bates connected for the team’s touchdowns, and the offensive line helped the offense’s running game. Daniel Johnson and Carter Kerling made tackles for a loss, and Carson Price added a sack and big hits. Ely Pinto had two tackles for losses and caused a fumble that the Demons recovered. The team next plays Saturday against Kirtland.

Durango’s sixth grade team dominated the Farmington Force, winning 20-0. The defense was led by Isaiah Contreras, Osias GoodTracks and Chase Swenk, and Cole Perkins recovered a fumble. On offense, Brekan Romero, Juan Sandoval Trujillo and Perkins all scored touchdowns, and Romero scored two extra points.