Las Animas football takes down Custer County to close out homecoming week

Dave Armstrong
Special to the Bent Democrat
Las Animas' TJ Ortiz, right, with one of his two receptions of the night, this one resulting in a touchdown Friday, April 2, 2021, at Jack LaSalle Trojan Field.

The Las Animas High School football squad topped off homecoming week on Friday night, under the lights, on Jack LaSalle Trojan Field against Custer County.

Coming off of a loss to Front Range Christian last week, the Trojans were ready to showcase their skills and week of hard work for their fans.

The Trojans jumped out to a quick 16-0 lead in the first quarter, and every time the Bobcats seemed to knock at the door to respond, there was a penalty or something that took them out of contention on such a possession. The Trojans capitalized.

Up 36-0 at the half, the Trojans were confident that they had the game in hand.

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On the first possession of the second half, Caden Morlan broke for a nearly 70-yard run that set the Trojans over the 40-point lead cap and led to a running clock – a point of pride for a team that has been on the receiving end of these scores for a long time.

The highlight of the night, however, came on a third down pass from Markus Vigil to Dayton Morlan. Vigil had time to throw, and Morlan caught the ball over his shoulder on the run, created distance from the closest defender, and scored on a 75-yard completion.

The Trojans won 56-0.

Markus Vigil was 3-for-4 in the air with two touchdowns, Caden Morlan rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns, and Dayton Morlan and TJ Ortiz each logged a receiving touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, James Zook led all players with 14 tackles, but three other Trojans had 13 tackles: Roper Nichols, Shad Chavez, and Justin Miller. Miller also logged two interceptions and two extra point kicks.

Roper Nichols also contributed an interception that was nearly returned for a touchdown.

This week the Trojans travel all the way to the Western Slope to face Plateau Valley in Collbran.

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