FORT SUMNER — The Elida Lady Tigers’ bid for a state volleyball berth came up just short Friday night against Des Moines.
Elida dropped a 25-16, 25-27, 27-29, 25-19, 15-9 decision to the Lady Demons in the semifinals of Class 1A Region A competition. Semifinal winners in the regional round advance to state competition next week in Albuquerque.
Elida finished its season with a record of 16-7.
Host Fort Sumner, which disposed of Cimarron 25-13, 25-8, 25-12 on Friday, beat Des Moines 25-16, 25-23, 25-21 in Saturday night’s championship match.
“I thought we played really well,” Lady Tigers coach Darrell Chenault said. “I think (Des Moines was) the No. 1-ranked team. We played a very good team and played a very good (match), and we just came up short.”
Conquerors win finale — Faith Triumphant closed its season on Saturday with a 64-18 rout of Amarillo Holy Cross at Conquerors Field.
FTCS (3-5) started slowly, trailing 12-6 at the quarter, before roaring from behind to put away the Mustangs for the second time this season. The game ended in the third quarter on the 45-point lead rule.
Senior Luis McCain ran for one touchdown, caught a scoring pass and threw for three TDs. He was 7-for-9 for 191 yards passing and rushed four times for 58 yards.
Junior Caleb Richards also threw for three scores, completing 6-of-10 passes for 156 yards. He caught two TD passes from McCain and rushed five times for 85 yards and two scores.
Jack Jones, Steven Cathey and Hayden Goff each caught a touchdown pass for the Conquerors.
FTCS 64, Amarillo Holy Cross 18
Holy Cross 12 6 0 — 18
Faith Triumphant 6 38 20 — 64
HC — 12-yard run (kick failed)
FT — Luis McCain 40-yard run (kick failed)
HC — 65-yard pass play (kick blocked)
FT — Caleb Richards 28-yard run (kick failed)
FT — L. McCain 21-yard pass from Richards (kick failed)
FT — Safety, L. McCain and Geraldo McCain sacked Holy Cross quarterback in own end zone
FT — Richards 5-yard pass from L. McCain (Seth Pearson kick)
HC — 3-yard run (kick failed)
FT — Jake Jones 52-yard pass from Richards (Pearson kick)
FT — Richards 10-yard run (Pearson kick)
FT — Richards 55-yard pass from L. McCain (kick failed)
FT — Steven Cathey 60-yard pass from L. McCain (kick failed)
FT — Hayden Goff 9-yard pass from Richards (Pearson kick)