The Hoehne Farmers bulldozed Wiley last Saturday at Jasper Butero Field to the tune of 62-0. It was the second consecutive win in a row in conference play, and both victories were convincing. The offense scored 64 against Sangre de Cristo, tacking on 62 more against Wiley without allowing the Panthers to score a nary point. On a delightful Saturday afternoon, the Farmers dominated Wiley in every way conceivable. But with a big 28-46 loss to bitter league foe Holly three weeks ago, the Farmers, were stranded at 21 points in the playoff picture. Their goal was to achieve 16 playoff points, which would provide them with a better opportunity to extend the season. Now, they have to beat McClave next week on the road and hope that teams with a better point standing will lose. The task for the ‘boys in red,’ is now, highly daunting.
“We did our job in this game,” said star freshmen Dario Vezzani who rumbled for 100 yards, caught one pass for 52 more, completed one of three passes for ten yards, and chipped in for two tackles on defense. “We have to get better each week and play hard all the time. Against Holly we didn’t play hard. Today we played better all around. We made some mistakes early, but we took care of that in the second half. Now we have to get ready for next week and hope for the best. We’ll be in the weight room all week and we’ll work hard on the field.”
Michael Armijo, another promising freshman, was a stalwart on defense, recording three tackles, a sack, and forced a fumble. The up-and-coming defenseman roamed the field indiscriminately and was a major force in securing a shutout for the Farmers. “We played better than we did in the Holly Game,” mused Armijo. “We fell apart in the first half against them, but played much better in the second half, but it was too late. We’ve got one more game and we’ll just have to wait to see what happens.”
Senior Shane Montoya, one of three Hoehne starters who will be lost to graduation, helped secure the shutout with limited playing time by scrambling for four solo tackles. Franchesco Rivera, another departing stalwart on defense, put the final nail in the Panther coffin with four unassisted tackles and four assists. It was a great afternoon for a dominating defense on a super Saturday afternoon in the small hamlet of Hoehne. One more to go, and the Farmers will hopefully be looking forward to keeping their playoff hopes alive.
“We played poorly in big games this season,” Coach Gabe Dasko explained. “We turned the ball over too many times. We have to play good in big games. We had to beat Holly who we spotted 30 points in the first half, but played much better in the second. Those 30 points were much too much. We have to win next week and hope somebody will lose.”
The Farmers (4-4) will travel to contest the McClave Cardinals (3-4) next Saturday for a game that looms large for any semblance of hope to keep the season moving on.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Hoehne 24 32 0 6 — 62
Wiley 0 0 0 0 — 0