Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer
DOWN 13-7 TO EUNICE at halftime and his team in danger of losing its third straight game, Texico coach Mike Prokop said his team pulled together for the second half.
“They got tired of losing,” Prokop said. “I told them, ‘at some point you have to make a decision about how you are going to play and how you are going to be remembered.’”
Prokop said his seniors were also vocal during halftime.
“That is something we have lacked this season,” Prokop said.
In the second half, Eddie Segovia scored twice and Justin Garrison and Billy Scott scored once as the Wolverines outscored Eunice 27-0 to win the game 34-13 and raise their record to 2-2.
“We played an exceptionally good second half,” Prokop said. “It feels great.”
LAST WEEK WAS EMOTIONAL for Bovina, which had to deal with the death of former student Emigdio Flores, 18, who was killed in a car accident.
“He was a former student at Bovina, he’s got a brother who plays JV, and a bunch of the guys knew him,” Bovina coach Kent Torbert said. “It is a close community so everyone knows everyone.”
On Friday, the Mustangs lost 21-14 to Petersburg, Texas. Bovina was also coming off emotional wins over Texico and Friona.
“We came out a little flat,” Torbert said of Friday’s loss. “We went from such a high to such a low. The boys have gone through a gamut of emotions in a short time, the coaching staff too.”
Bovina (2-2) canceled practice on Wednesday after learning of the accident.
“We won’t make excuses,” Torbert said. “Petersberg is a good team. I think they had something to do with it, too.”
WHEN FORT SUMNER’S CASS Dimitroff ran in a 1-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter, it gave the top-ranked Foxes a 18-0 lead over unbeaten Cloudcroft.
The Bears (4-0) scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as Aaron Capps passed for two touchdowns and ran for another.
Fort Sumner coach Dexter McDaniel said his team turned the ball over on every possession in the fourth quarter.
“We had three interceptions and a bad snap on a punt that went over our punter’s head,” McDaniel said. “And there were a lot of stupid penalties.”
The Foxes dropped to 3-2.
McDaniel thinks the 21-18 loss taught his team a lesson.
“Don’t ever think you’ve got a game under control until it’s over,” he said.
Some of this weekend’s longest scoring plays:
* 49-yard run by Texico’s Justin Garrison
* 54-yard pass from Muleshoe’s Brant Hamilton to Juan Carlos Reyes
* 65-yard pass from Clovis Christian’s Dustin Handley to Ryan Boatman
* 65-yard and 72-yard runs by Melrose’s Carlos Ruiz
* 65-yard run by Melrose’s Brock Graham
* 71-yard kickoff return by Floyd’s Kyle Kropf