“I was surprised we made the playoffs at a ten seed.”
Those are the words of Texico head football coach Patrick Crowley as the Wolverines(2-8) take on Dexter(5-5) in the opening round of the 3A state football playoffs tonight at 7 p.m. in Dexter.
“We’re ecstatic,” said Dexter’s Kevin Graham. “These kids have played hard all year.”
The Demons are the no. 7 seed and the winner plays no. 2 Capitan next week.
“Our season has been one of attrition,” Crowley said. “Injuries have played a bigger role than we anticipated.”
The Demons ended the regular season last week with a 48-22 loss to Capitan and the Wolverines season ended with a win over Tucumcari.
The two teams squared off earlier in the season in Texico and the Demons shutout the Wolverines 26-0.
“They’re scrappy as heck,” Graham said.
Graham is expecting a different game tonight.
“(In the playoffs) you win or you go home,” he said. “We gotta clean some stuff up.”
Crowley has nothing but respect for the Demons.
“The scouting report on Dexter is coach Graham has them playing some good football right now,” he said.
Crowley added he has been at Texico for four years, “anytime we have played Dexter it seems you can count on a good game (and) a clean hard hitting contest where anyone can win.”
In other 3A opening round games, Newcomb who is the no. 9 seed travels to no. 8 Zuni tonight. The winner will face the top team in Eunice next week.
Cuba, the no. 12 seed heads to Raton Saturday afternoon. The Tigers are the no. 5 seed and the winner faces no. 4 Estancia next week.
Tonight, Tularosa, the no. 6 seed entertains no. 11 Tucumcari. The winner faces no. 3 Santa Rosa next week.
Texico(2-8) at Dexter(5-5)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
At Dexter Demon Field
Dexter head coach Kevin Graham 3rd year (21-12)
Texico head coach Patrick Crowley 1st year (2-8)
Last meeting:26-0 Dexter in Texico 2017
Dexter PF (195) PA (170)
Texico PF (132) PA (314)