The Taos Tigers finally entered the winning column on Friday night (September 17), beating the Shiprock High School Chieftains, 53-0. The victory was so decisive that the match was called off at half-time in accordance with the “Mercy Rule” of the New Mexico Activities Association.
The NMAA Rule of Mercy states:
“When a team is ahead by 35 points or more, the clock won’t stop during out of bounds, incomplete passes or first downs. The clock only stops for timeouts or scores. If the point differential becomes less than 35 points, regular timing resumes. A match ends at half time or during the second half if a team is 50 points or more behind.
As the THS Tigers entered the locker room at half-time, the scoreboard read 53-0, well within NMAA standards for the mercy rule.
The game was very disappointing for the Chieftains as it was their home game and drew over 100 spectators.
It was the Tigers’ fifth game of the season and the team’s first victory. The victory comes at an opportune time for the Tigers as they look to face Bernalillo at home on September 24 in the THS Homecoming game. The team will enter this game with a much needed boost of confidence.
Look for the full story in this week’s issue of Taos News.