PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Struggles continue for Texico

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer

AFTER GOING UNDEFEATED FOR two straight years, Texico has dropped three out of its five games this season.

“It’s hard,” Wolverines coach Mike Prokop said. “It’s been a learning experience for the coaching staff and the kids. We’ve been spoiled for so long.”

A non-district schedule that includes three Class 2A schools and three Texas schools has been tough on the Wolverines.

“It is a good challenge,” Prokop said. “We could play some teams we could beat easily and not get as much out of it.”

Texico travels to 6-0 Santa Rosa this weekend.

“A lot of people have already counted us out, and that’s fine,” Prokop said. “Of course we want to win, but we are working on just getting better.”

FARWELL IS GETTING HEALTHY and looking to get back into the win column.

After limping through a 34-0 loss to Floydada on homecoming, Farwell is getting healthy. Ramon Quezada (MCL sprain), Luis Olmos (foot), and Bryce Howard (hip flexor) are the only Steers expected to miss Friday’s game against Sudan. Howard is the only player expected to miss extended time.

“We are almost completely healthy,” Thompson said. “That’s the first time I’ve been able to say that since our first week.”

The Steers (1-4) are coming off a well-timed bye week.

“We didn’t lose,” coach Jacob Thompson joked about the week off. “We’re excited to get to the games we are supposed to do well in. The season depends on these games.”

MULESHOE COACH DAVID WOOD said senior leadership and a stout defense are the reasons behind the Mules’ 6-0 start.

Wood said seniors Caleb Heinrich, Brady Black, Freddie Tovar and Brett Bamert have been the Mules’ leaders.

“They’re not screamers and yellers,” coach David Wood said. “They aren’t really vocal, they lead by the way they carry themselves.”

“Every team has the potential to stop us,” Wood said. “We can’t stand up and say, ‘Look who we are.’”

Muleshoe has not trailed in a game this and has outscored its opponents 185-29.

Digits:

3 — Wins for Bovina this season through five games. The Mustangs won two games in 2004.

7.5 — Yards per carry this season for Muleshoe’s Brady Black. Black has 736 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.

9 — Undefeated teams in New Mexico, including Melrose (6-0 six-man), Onate (6-0), and Mayfield (6-0) in Class 5A.

14 — Games Melrose has scored 50 or more points in the past two seasons (17 games).

50 — Seconds it took Muleshoe to score two touchdowns at the end of the first half against Amarillo River Road. The Mules were tied 7-7 in the last minute of the second quarter when Brant Hamilton threw an 85-yard touchdown to Black and a 15-yard score to Rudy Gonzales. Muleshoe won the game 42-7.