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Pintos looking for their way on offense

The Independent of Edgewood, New Mexico

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After last Friday's football scrimmage against the St. Michael's Horsemen, Moriarty High School head coach Bob Allcorn said, "I think we're ahead of where we were at this time last year."

That's good news considering the Pintos started off last season by steamrolling the Bernalillo Spartans 35-0 on their way to an 8-4 record and a district 5-4A tide.

If this year's squad is further along than last year's, the Pintos ought to be in good shape heading into Friday's season opener on the road at Valencia High.

Even though the outcome of the St. Mike's scrimmage won't matter in the regular-season standings, it acted as a good dress rehearsal for Friday's game while giving the coaches in opportunity to evaluate playee.

There were no kick-offs or punts in the scrimmage, and each team took turns running a series of plays from a starting point near mid-field.

Moriarty's offense played somewhat conservatively, keeping the ball on the ground for most of the scrimmage. Despite amassing a few good drives neither the Pintos' first-team or second-team offenses were able to get the ball into the end zone.

"We did some good things [against St. Mike's]," Allcorn sajd. "They're a very good football team. I thought we played extremely physical. Offensively, I think we've got to find our identity We have pretty much a whole new offense as far as personnel."

Allcorn said right now his starting quarterback will be senior David Stager, who backed-up last year's starting quarterback Chris Arias Arias graduated in May.

"I think I'm ready," Stager said about assuming first-string duties, adding, "We're all still learning, we've got some work to do."

One of the offensive standouts against the Class 3A Horsemen was running back Adam Smith. Smith smashed through the St. Mike's defensive line on several running plays. He also had an interception on defense. "Adam is a very gifted athlete," Allcorn noted.

Smith, who has been sidelined by injuriesin the past, said he feels good and is ready to play.

On the defensive side, despite the secondary giving up two touchdown passes early in the scrimmage, the Pintos had little trouble taming the Horsemen, stopping a number of running plays for no gain. "I feel real good about where we are defensively said Allcorn. "We played hard-nosed defense."

The coach said at this point his biggest concern is the teams depth but believes his players can face any challenge."Our kids are a tough group, and that carries a lot of weight. We've just got to stay healthy and play smart."

Following Friday's road game at Valencia the Pintos' home-opener is Sept. 7 against Miyamura.

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Original Publication Date: August 29, 2012

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