RIO RANCHO — In their final regular-season game Sunday, the Curry County Cats took one on the chin.
The Farmington-based Four-Corners Miners scored a touchdown in each quarter and handed the Cats a 32-6 loss in a game played at Rio Rancho High School.
Farmington (7-1) was the winner of the New Mexico Premier League’s Rio Grande Division. Curry County (6-2), meantime, finished second in regular-season play in the Pecos Division.
Coach Paul Lopez said the Cats will host a first-round playoff game against the third-place Las Cruces Kings at 6:30 p.m. on April 30 at Leon Williams Stadium. If they will, they’ll meet the division champion Albuquerque Titans on May 14 or 15, with that winner facing the team emerging from the Rio Grande Division for the league title May 21 or 22.
The Cats defeated Las Cruces 31-13 at Leon Williams Stadium on Feb. 26.
“We had our opportunities,” Lopez said of Sunday’s loss. “The good thing is we could see them again down the line.
“We just didn’t play well. Defensively, we gave up three or four big pass plays to put them in the red zone, and then they had one long (scoring) drive to start the second half.”
Trailing 24-0, the Cats scored late in the third quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run by Manuel Robles. The Miners added a 2-point conversions after each of their touchdowns.