Photo by Ace Acosta – EP Herald Post
Montwood outscored Socorro 47-21 in the second half, including a string of 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to improve to 2-2 in district 1-6A and hold off a hard fighting Socorro squad that remains winless in 36 straight games.
The Rams piled up 465 yards of total offense, and recovered two short kickoffs early in the third quarter that turned into easy touchdowns which ended up being a major difference.
Socorro actually took a 17-14 lead with 59 seconds left in the second quarter after Damian Williams hooked up with Sergio Stephenson in a critical 4th and 10 situation.
Montwood would quickly answer that score, taking a 21-17 lead into the halftime break.
The Rams would score twice in the first two minutes of the second half, leading 35-17 and had Socorro playing from behind the rest of the way. A few costly Socorro turnovers turned into easy points for the Rams in the second half. Montwood ran for 224 rushing yards in the game.
Quarterback Jason Fernandez threw two touchdowns, running back Chris Ramos ran in a touchdown and caught another score, while running back Efren Young scored twice for Montwood.
Socorro quarterback Damian Williams ran for 114 yards, threw for 161 yards and accounted for all four of the Bulldogs touchdowns.
Our Casa Nissan Player of the Game went to senior running back Kieran Johnson, a special needs student at Montwood who ran a 50-yard touchdown run on Montwood’s first play of the second quarter in a special and emotional moment.
Johnson had open-heart surgery at the age of two years old, and has been a huge Montwood supporter and wore his favorite player’s number 4, in honor of former prolific Montwood receiver Ty Andrus.