Area Football Scores and Briefs
Post Game Post Sports
By Robert A. Naranjo
McCurdy – 3
BRIEF: The McCurdy Bobcats played toe-to-toe with Hagerman for the first Quarter and were in it after the first Quarter ended trailing just, 7-3. In the second Quarter, the youthful McCurdy squad made mistakes that players that have moved up to varsity at the high school level make. And, Hagerman capitalized on those mistakes for scores. McCurdy couldn’t plug the leaks and lost the game. But there was one Quarter of good McCurdy football, just three more played like that first Quarter and McCurdy will be in or win every game.
The Valley Daily Post sat down with McCurdy Coach Ron Gallegos after the game at McCurdy’s Chic Martinez Field in the Field House and discussed his youthful team and McCurdy’s glory years of the past with State Championships in ’62 and ’76. Coach Brown, a regular on KDCE radio giving scores on area high school sports scores in the mornings for many years, played on the McCurdy ’62 State Championship team. The Valley Daily Post would like to ask Coach Brown: “Coach, let’s talk about your record.”
Then the ’76 team, whom took the State Championship in the nation’s Bicentennial year. Ruben Lucero, Jr., a talented running back for the Bobcats, did “everything but sell popcorn, Coach.” Coach Gallegos confirmed that the Bobcats have several District titles through the years and that Ruben Lucero, Jr. didn’t sell popcorn!
McCurdy fans may have to wait a “year or two, like the Sundevils,” Coach Gallegos said, meaning when his freshmen and sophomores are seniors, McCurdy will see a better, more mature team. Espanola Valley went through that when its current team were underclassmen.
Coach Gallegos said enthusiastically, “it’s great “ when asked about the Sundevils’ success this season. Actually, he “helped coach them” in past seasons when he was at Espanola Valley and was an assistant to the 5-5 Sundevils football team with head coach, Manny Medina.
Pojoaque – 18
Socorro – 53
BRIEF: At Socorro, the Pojoaque Elks played to their potential and matched Socorro except for a point and were only down 13-12 at the end of the first Quarter. The Elks were then held scoreless in the second Quarter while Socorro scored 12 more, making it 25-12 at the Half with Socorro in a comfortable lead but not insurmountable. The wheels came off in the third Quarter for Pojoaque when Socorro scored 22 to Pojoaque’s 6 and that put the game out of reach for the Elks. Socorro added 6 more in the fourth Quarter making the final score 52-18.
Playing down in Socorro is not a picnic in any sport. In addition, the trip to Socorro is not a short one and they field good teams to boot. So, an opponent, in this case, Pojoaque better show up with their “A” game and not make any errors or Socorro will capitalize. Pojoaque, as mentioned before in Post GAME Post SPORTS will wipe the slate clean and play tough in Districts. That’s where the opportunity to go to State in football and their coach has said that quite clearly. The teams scheduled for the preseason will help them get there, as they are better or as tough as any in Pojoaque’s District and those games are coming up.
Escalante – 2O
Albuquerque Academy – 41
BRIEF: The Escalante Lobos ran into the Chargers and paid double in Albuquerque and lost their first game of the season. This was a non-district game for Escalante and is one they schedule knowing it’s a tough one to win, especially on the road. While they didn’t win the game, it’s part of the strategy that many established programs have and that’s playing good teams before District play. A team can schedule smaller schools or non-established programs and “pad” their records going into Districts but then win just one or two in Districts, if that, with no shot at State.
Escalante plays the tough, much bigger schools, and surprisingly, beats most of them. Something just didn’t go right for Rio Arriba’s football champions, the Escalante Lobos. If Academy is scheduled at the new Lobo Stadium next season, it will be interesting to see how they fare up north. It’s likely that the game will be closer or a good chance that Escalante will remember the loss in Albuquerque and could likely avenge it.