HAGERMAN — The Hagerman Bobcat football squad, all 15 of them, fought hard, but fell to a deeper, faster Hobbs JV Eagle team 50-6 Thursday evening in Hagerman. The Bobcats suffered offensively with five turnovers while watching the Eagles rack up 528 total yards to fall to a dismal 0-7 on the season.
The Bobcats fumbled on their initial possession, but got the ball right back from a great defensive interception by Jose Rodriguez at his own 5-yard line. The Bobcats could not take advantage and the Eagles used three quick passes to take a 6-0 lead that they would never relinquish.
The Bobcats would have seven first half possessions and not score on any of them — getting close only once. Four of the possessions ended with turnovers, while the other three resulted in punts.
The Eagles meanwhile tacked on three more scores to lead 25-0 at half. They also were plagued by three turnovers, but they could take advantage of their gifts, while the Bobcats could not.
Late in the second quarter, the Bobcats D got a great stop at their own 26 as Derek Franklin recovered a fumble, but, again, the Bobcats went 3-and-out. The hosts’ final drive saw them go from their own 20 to the Eagle 16, but the drive ended on an interception on the final play. The Bobcats’ Chris Copeland started the drive with a big 40-yard run up the middle.
The Eagles scored on their first three possessions of the third quarter to go up 44-0 and all but put the game away.
The Bobcats’ offense finally came to life late in the third as they drove 73 yards on nine plays to score two minutes into the final frame and cut the lead to 44-6. Copeland would dive in from nine yards out to culminate the long drive that saw all runs — five by Copeland and four by Rodriguez.
The Eagles tacked on a late score to make the final 50-6. Copeland would finish with 150 yards on 21 carries to carry the Bobcats on offense.
The Bobcats have two final games — both district contests — against Jal in two weeks and Lordsburg to wrap up the season. Two final victories would give the Bobcats an improbable state playoff berth.