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If it was a spark the Dexter football team was missing last week in their 19-0 district-opening loss to Eunice, they found it and then some Friday in Loving.

The Demons got their passing game back on track and delivered another solid defensive performance en route to a 48-6 drubbing of the Falcons.

While the boys in blue weren’t initially putting forth a shining offensive effort, the team was opportunistic enough to compensate until a rhythm could be found.

“They had miscues, and we took advantage of them,” head coach Kevin Graham said Saturday. “They couldn’t punt the ball, for instance, and we took advantage of that.”

Not seeing the hunger he was looking for from his skill set, Graham opted to send junior quarterback Jarren Amaro – who’s been sidelined by injury – out onto the field against his initial better judgment.

“I wasn’t going to play Jarren,” said the coach. “I sat him for the first three series, but then I thought we just needed a spark, and he came in and supplied it.

“He ran the triple-option like crazy. It was old-school. Then he threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to the backup quarterback Sergio Ramirez, and hit him in stride… it was beautiful.”

Amaro finished six of eight on the night and Ramirez 4-4 for a combined 129 passing yards, with freshman quarterback Marco Munoz also getting in on the action, scoring the game’s final touchdown.

Defensively, the Demons posted six sacks on the night and a pick six from 21 yards out, courtesy of Jordan Marquez.

“We had one turnover last night, and they had fi ve,” said Graham. “After that turnover on our first drive, we settled down, took care of the ball, and played good football the rest of the way out.

“We also had a real good crowd last night, and the support was great. We started out slow, but we finished with a flurry, and it’s good to have one of those games because you get to get a lot of the young kids in the game.”

The Demons (5-3, 1-1) will now prepare to head to Tularosa Friday to take on the 6-3 Wildcats. Tulie defeated Loving 46-14 Oct. 6 before falling to Capitan (51-0) Oct. 13 and Eunice (37-0) Friday.

“Tularosa is a much-improved team from what they’ve been in the past,” said Graham. “We just can’t let up. It’s that time of the year, you’ve got people banged up, you’re missing people, but you just have to stay tough and get the job done.”