Las Animas football crushes Justice to begin Season C season thanks to strong rushing game

Dave Armstrong
Special to the Bent Democrat
Las Animas's Justin Miller returns an interception for a touchdown against Justice on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Recht Field in Boulder.

The Las Animas High School football team hit the gridiron after a 17-month wait.

This season, Season C thanks to the COVID pandemic, has seven competing schools in the 8-man classification.

The top seeds will host a playoff game on Santa Fe Trail Day weekend, and the Trojans took a good step toward hosting that game this past Saturday afternoon.

The Trojans traveled to Boulder to face Justice. In the first quarter, the Phoenix struck first. They marched down the field on the Trojans and scored a quick six.

Making adjustments, the Trojans moved forward.

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“I’m proud that this team made necessary adjustments on the field with very little guidance from myself or the coaching staff,” Trojans coach Tyson Vigil.

The Phoneix would only score once more as the Trojans marched forward, scoring the next 48 points in a rout of the Phoenix, 48-12.

There were two Trojans who rushed for over 100 yards: Markus Vigil who amassed 131 yards on 12 carries, and Joseph Hawkins who added 114 on 10 carries.

Defensively, Rome Martinez and Dayton Morlan led the Trojans with eight tackles apiece and Morlan added two interceptions Saturday afternoon. Justin Miller added another interception, which he returned for a touchdown.

This week the Trojans host an 8-man powerhouse in Front Range Christian out of Littleton at 1 p.m. Saturday.