By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer
TEXICO COACH MIKE PROKOP said he has “no regrets at all” about the tough non-district schedule his team played this year.
After a 2-4 start, the two-time defending state champion Wolverines have started District 3-1A with a pair of wins.
Of Texico’s four losses, two came to Texas teams, a 7-0 loss at Bovina and a 33-14 loss at Crosbyton, and the other two came against two of the top teams in Class 2A, a 38-6 loss at Tucumcari and a 33-0 loss to undefeated Santa Rosa.
Prokop believes the tough schedule will pay dividends in the long run.
“We found out in a hurry who could play and who can’t,” Prokop said. “We saw that this is the level they need to be able to play at.”
The Wolverines have locked up a playoff berth, but could win their district and improve their playoff seeding when they play Jal (6-2, 2-0) on Friday.
BOVINA LOST SEVEN FUMBLES Friday but still pulled out a 28-12 win against Hart.
“Defensively we played well,” Bovina coach Kent Torbert said. “That is the only way you can win fumbling the ball seven times.”
Torbert said he thinks the fumbles may have been a result from playing winless Hart.
“I think it was a lack of focus,” Torbert said. “We were looking ahead to the big game next weekend.”
The Mustangs (6-2, 3-0 District 4-1A) travel to Farwell (3-5, 2-1) on Friday.
To get in the playoffs, Bovina needs to pick up a win against either Farwell or undefeated Nazareth (8-0, 3-0) in the regular season finale.
“We were in this same situation two years ago,” Torbert said. “We ended up losing two straight games.”
MULESHOE’S UNDEFEATED SEASON ended Friday with a 20-6 loss at Cooper.
“We played good enough D to win,” coach David Wood said. “But I didn’t have my team prepared offensively. There were not enough weapons in the satchel.”
Cooper defeated the Mules last season to take the district crown.
“They are a good team,” Wood said. “They are tough to beat, especially when you have to go to their place.”
The Mules (7-1, 1-1 District 2-3) were held to 66 yards rushing on 19 carries.
“We’ll be fine,” Wood said. “I have all the confidence in the world that we’ll bounce back.”
Although its undefeated season is gone, Muleshoe has plenty to play for the rest of the season.
“We are still looking to get the number one seed for the small schools,” Wood said. “I’m expecting Cooper to go to the big school playoffs, so if we win out, we can be the top seed for the small schools.”
Muleshoe hosts Brownfield (2-6) on Friday, then travels to Littlefield (6-2) to close out the regular season.