By MYLO ERICKSON
Pima Community College lost its last football game of the season on Nov. 10, falling 46-26 against the New Mexico Military Institute Broncos.
“Today was a conclusion of what the season was,” head coach Pat Nugent said after the game. “Turnovers, mistakes just led to negative things. That’s how it was all season.”
The defeat extended the team’s losing streak to eight games.
“I love this team; we play hard,” sophomore safety Darius Kelly said. “Things just don’t fall our way sometimes. That’s been the story of the season, but we play hard.”
The Aztecs scored during the first quarter after forcing a fumble. Freshman quarterback Max Shepard scored a touchdown on a one-yard run.
Pima failed on the extra point attempt, but held a 6-0 lead until the second quarter. At halftime the Aztecs were down 7-6.
After the Broncos scored on four consecutive possessions in the third quarter to take a 31-6 lead, the Aztecs answered by scoring on their final two drives of the quarter.
The first play was a nine-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Michael Molina to freshman wide receiver Dominic Moore.
Pima then recovered its onside kick and ended the possession with a 25-yard touchdown run from Kelly.
At the end of the third quarter the Aztecs were down 31-20.
The Aztecs forced the Broncos to fumble and punt in their first two possessions of the fourth quarter. Molina then scored on a two-yard run to bring the Aztecs within five points, 31-26.
Pima’s momentum ended when the Broncos scored on their final two drives of the game.
The Aztecs finished the 2012 season with a record of 1-10. Their only win came in the third week of play, on Sept. 9 against the Air Force Academy JV.
Molina called Pima a stepping stone to the next level.
“It’s a junior college,” he said. “It doesn’t always come out to wins and losses.”
Nugent doesn’t have any definite answers for next season, as he never knows which players will return.
“It’s been a good run, a great group of kids, but unfortunately we didn’t get the W’s we needed,” Nugent said.
At least one player came away with a positive attitude and valued friendships.
“I’m just happy for my boy Darius Kelly. He had a great game,” sophomore defensive lineman Maurice Chavis said. “He’s my best friend, always.”