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Hagerman’s Gang Green performance overwhelms Falcons

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Hagerman's safety, Abel Alvidrez, intercepts a pass from Loving and goes 90 yards to score a touchdown in a 50-0 win Friday night. (David Rocha Photo)

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There was little doubt Hagerman’s football coach, Guy Rivers, would have his team ready to play against the Loving Falcons. Last week’s performance against Eunice went a long way in showing him what he already knew about his football team: That it is on the rise and headed in the right direction.

The Bobcats’ performance against the Falcons was as nasty as the winds blowing throughout Chaves County before the game. Hagerman didn’t keep anyone in suspense as they scored every time they had the ball on offense. The ‘Cats scored each time the Falcons had the ball, resulting in a 50-0 mercy-rule game Friday night at Hagerman Stadium.

“It was definitely that Loving was young,” Rivers said. “We came out and hit them in the mouth, and I think we let them know it was our game. Every one of my kids got to play.”

Rivers is starting to become known as the “grill master” to his players, because he is not afraid to let his booming voice be heard in the stadium and tell a player, never let him cross your face, ever, as he yelled in the game to one of his players from the sideline. Rivers will also yell to them what they did right. He’ll be the first to give a player a hug, and a pat on the back to encourage them when they need it.

“I only yell at them when they need to be yelled at,” Rivers said. “I also praise them when they do good too. If you don’t praise them, then they don’t ever know what they have done right. These kids know that I care for each and every one of them.”

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Hagerman (1-1) broke the spirit of the Falcons on the first drive of the game. Four times during the drive Loving had Hagerman on fourth down, and each time the ‘Cats went for it and converted. They eventually scored on a 5-yard run by Bobcats’ running back Doryan Galvan, with the PAT being good, and Hagerman took a 7-0 lead.

Rivers played his second-team defense to gain experience. He returned to the first team when Loving had the ball at their 11-yard line and threatened to score.

“I just felt like our kids had worked so hard,” Rivers said, “and deserved to get that zero.”

Rivers knows football players respond to tough love and talk because he did as an All-State safety his senior year for Clovis, in 1985. His high school coach, Eric Roanhaus, won the state title 10 times. Rivers is trying to put his own prints on the Hagerman program and hopes to bring them a state title. The intangibles Rivers offers his team are a winner’s mindset, a creed that they will play physical football — and they will know that he cares for them, and he would be there to coach for more than one year.

“In my junior year we were ranked No. 12 in the nation,” Rivers said. “We were a great team, and I played behind a guy who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. That’s what I was taught at Clovis, to play and be physical. I’m teaching that to these kids as well.”

Two big plays stood out on defense and helped release an avalanche of scoring. Hagerman safety Sebastian Mireles intercepted a pass at the Loving 25-yard line and returned it for a touchdown.

The other play was when the Falcons were driving the ball on the 20-yard line of Hagerman. Free safety Abel Alvidrez, playing in the middle of the field, intercepted the Falcons’ quarterback at the Bobcats’ 10-yard line and returned the ball 90 yards to score a touchdown right before the half.

Loving earned five first downs in the game, and two right before the half to make it to halftime. On the first play in the third quarter, Hagerman’s defense scored their third touchdown of the game and converted a 2-point conversion to win 50-0.

Hagerman takes to the road Friday and plays Jal.

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