Hoehne routed the Las Animas Trojans by a 58 point margin two weeks ago for their second consecutive conference win, bolstering their confidence for the remaining schedule, most of which are league games.
Unfortunately for the Farmers, their hopes and aspirations were quickly doused by a determined troop of Grizzlies. Last Friday, Oct. 4, at Jasper Butero Field, his red-clad boys, unable to muster any potency on either side of the ball, scored a single touchdown in the second quarter on a 30-yard reception from quarterback Westin Hill. It was far from enough. The ‘fighting Farmers,’ en route to a lopsided 50-8 loss to end their aspirations for keeping the winning streak going, and, most importantly, losing the most crucial league game of the season in the process.
Needless to say, the folks in the post-game locker room were highly disappointed. Meanwhile, the highly touted kids from Fowler (5-0) just continued to roll on.
“We were too undisciplined,” said Hill. “All of us. It was a hard game to lose. We had to win this one. All we can do is work on our discipline and try to win out. If we can get more disciplined, we should be okay. We just have to keep on working hard to get better.”
Offensively, freshman Michael Armijo contributed seven yards rushing, followed by Robert Walter with four. Grant Arellanes and Jeremiah Montoya contributed with a meager three yards each. The Hoehne offense found the going tough against a Grizzly defense that resembled the Nazi stand at Normandy.
“People didn’t play their positions,” added Assistant Coach George Dasko. “We’re not disciplined. We never got to their quarterback. We didn’t play with the intensity we had in the first half. It’s disappointing that we can’t come back when we’re behind. You always have to want to come back. We didn’t do our job. You can’t take it away from Fowler. They’re a nice team. You can’t take that away from them.”
Defensively, Hoehne’s Antonio Moltrer and Shane Montoya tabulated 11 tackles/assists each, Hill recorded five tackles and four assists, and Arellanes chipped in with three tackles and five assists. Unquestionably, there was a paucity of defensive plays too.
“We don’t play with a lot of emotion,” said the Head Coach. “We turned the ball over and lost our confidence. We don’t pull together and work our way through it when things go wrong.”
The last time the Grizzlies defeated the Farmers was 2006. Coach Mark Van Sicko was happy to finally get one, finally, this time on the road.
“It’s been a long time,” said Van Sicko. “Our defense played the best they’ve played all year. Our kids put a lot of work in. Watched a lot of film and they came out and played their best game of the season. I hope we can build on that. I’m proud of our kids and I hope they are the one that get all the credit they deserve. It’s fun to coach them. They make me proud.”
The Farmers will host Holly on Friday, Oct. 11. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Hoehne 0 8 0 0 – 8
Fowler 6 14 24 6 - 50