The only hope for the Hagerman Bobcats to win their Homecoming game against Fort Sumner was to control the ball. For the first series it looked like all was well. On the second play of the game, Hagerman’s quarterback Jackob Bejarano took a direct snap from center and scampered 30 yards into Fort Sumner territory.
A couple of passes to their backs out of the backfield moved the chains for a first down. They would end up with four first downs for the game. The Foxes’ defense stiffened sacking Bejarano, forcing the Bobcats to turn the ball over on downs.
Hagerman’s defense played well for most of the first quarter until Fort Sumner’s quarterback Jude Segura found receiver Noah Maxwell for a 18-yard TD pass with Kreston Butterfield adding the PAT to put the Foxes up 7-0 with 5:53 in the first quarter.
The Foxes found the end zone again when Segura found Maxwell in the flat for an 11-yard TD pass with 2:02 left in the first quarter. Making the score 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
“We did good in the first half,” Hagermans’ safety Jose Rodriguez said. “Our defensive lineman got hurt (Anthony Orosco), and our line kind of weakened out. We started going down after that.”
The Bobcats had trouble with the more physical Foxes, as they were mercy ruled with 9:38 left in the fourth quarter.
On offense Hagerman did much better this week only surrendering four sacks. With a lack of depth and eight players out with injuries, fatigue has played a part of their losses and in this game it was no different.
“We came out in the first quarter and a half we drove the ball down their throats,” Hagerman coach Adrian Olivas said. “We made a couple of mental mistakes and it seems like we get down, once we are down we can’t recover. That’s something we have to work on being a young team. We are going to keep working. I’m not giving up on anything.”
The Bobcats had -8 yards rushing and 22 yards in total offense.
The Bobcats play Roswell’s junior varsity team next week at 6 p.m.