With the first taste of fall in the air and the sun out after a rainy day, the evening of Saturday, Aug. 20, was perfect football weather. The state-champion cheerleading squad was there to lead families and students that filled the home bleachers to support their Wildcats during the home opener against the Clayton Yellowjackets, out-of-district opponents.
The game began with a runback on the kickoff by Questa special teams that was unfortunately called back to their own 28-yard line on a holding call. It would set the tone for the night, as the Wildcats weren’t having a good night. Another penalty on the opening drive set up 4th and long, which forced the Wildcats to punt. After a short gain on the return, the Yellowjackets managed to march down the field for a touchdown in three plays.
The pattern repeated with the Wildcats offense unable to advance the ball and the defense unable to contain the Yellowjackets’ advance. The Wildcats’ only score came with a safety in the second quarter. The Questa team played a spirited game and never gave up, even as the Yellowjackets approached the 50-point cutoff for high school games. Clayton, though, had the advantage of simply being a bigger school. The final score was Questa 2 – Clayton 52.
The Wildcats will play Dulce High School at home on Sept. 10 at 1 pm and Sept. 23 at Dulce High School at 7 pm. Mark your calendars for Questa High’s Homecoming game versus Menaul High School on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 pm!
The boys varsity soccer team played a neutral-ground opening match against Hot Springs High School from Truth or Consequences at Bernalillo High School on Aug. 18, losing 1-9 against the Tigers. The Junior Varsity opening match was played at Questa against St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe on Aug. 24, where the Wildcats [fill in score]
The varsity team will be playing seven home games in September, including East Mountain High School Sept. 7 at 4 pm, Taos High Sept. 8 at 4 pm, and Academy for Technology and the Classics from Santa Fe Sept. 13 at 4 pm. Check the Fall Sports Calendar for more upcoming games.
There’s a big Volleyball line up this fall, running through Nov. 5, including Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Seventh and Eighth Grade Middle School Games.