Carmine Laviche rushed for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday to help the El Paso Armor notch their first win of the season against the Alamogordo Desert Dawgs 21-14.
“We kind of let up,” Armor owner Fonzie Gomez told DFUSA. “We had a couple of letdown plays that gave them a little bit of a spark on the offensive side. I honestly thought we could have kept them at zero, but we did make some changes and we did have a turnover offensively in the third quarter that gave them some life and great field position so we didn’t help the cause.”
After getting out to a 21-0 start, the Armor slowly let the Desert Dawgs back into the game, but the Armor defense would rise to the occasion when it mattered most to hang on to the win. The Armor defense registered 11 sacks, forced two turnovers and gave the quarterback fits all game.
With the win, the Armor improve to 1-3 on the season and head into a bye week before taking on the El Paso Sun Devils (3-1).
“That was our first win,” Gomez said. “We finally got out of the basement, we’ve lost a lot of close ones due to some tackling defensively. We’ve had some offensive struggles but our offense is finally waking up.”
The Sun Devils and the Armor are no strangers and when these two teams meet, anything is possible. April 2 will be the first meeting of the season between the cross-town rivals.
“I think we lead the series,” Gomez said. “We knocked them out of the playoffs and split the regular season last year. There have been some pretty good games, some pretty tight games. We got a lot of respect for them and their ownership, Darrell and David Parker. I can honestly call them friends.
“After this victory I think we can build momentum, I honestly think we can get this second win. I’m not guaranteeing it, because that’s a very good Sun Devil team. It’s going to be a hard-fought game throughout the whole game and it will be whoever makes the less mistakes that wins.”