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Hagerman earns homecoming win over Loving, 45-6

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The Bobcats' Doryan Galvan (22) returns a punt during Friday's game against Loving. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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All coaches are always looking for ways their teams can improve and Hagerman’s Guy Rivers is no different. That’s why immediately after a blowout homecoming win over the Loving Falcons Friday night, 45-6, Rivers was already looking for ways the Bobcats can execute better.

The Bobcats’ Jonah Bejarano (19) runs in for a touchdown against the Loving Falcons Friday night in Hagerman. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Also, Rivers knows there will be little or no room for error in the season’s remaining weeks as Hagerman faces tough district opponents the Eunice Cardinals (Oct. 15, away) and the Jal Panthers (Oct. 22, home) to close their season.

On Friday night, while the Bobcats — now 4-1 on the season — were putting together their homecoming win over Loving, Jal defeated Eunice in a game indicating how close and competitive these remaining, high-stakes district games could be. The Panthers won 40-38 over the Cardinals, in Eunice.

All the more reason for the Bobcats to get back to X’s and O’s in the coming week, looking for ways to plan and execute at the highest level.

“Actually, we weren’t as sharp as I wanted to be,” Rivers said after Friday’s game against Loving. “I don’t think we played as well as we probably should have. I know we won and won pretty convincingly — but we just had lots of mistakes.”

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It was homecoming, Rivers noted, and that always presents challenges for coaches and their players due to the added pageantry of the week and on game-night itself. Those additional activities can add up to distractions for a team with a game to go out and win.

“There’s a lot of things to work on, but we’ll get into film … and start working on some of those corrections, because we can’t have that next week. If we play like this next week we’ll get beat pretty bad.”

Despite the tough remaining schedule, Rivers remains confident.

But after Eunice was beaten by Jal Friday, he knows the Cardinals will come into their Oct. 15 contest against Hagerman with plenty of motivation. “They’re going to come in not real happy,” he said, but noted: “We’ve got to play them both (Eunice and Jal). Our district will get decided on the field.

“I really believe that we’re one of the top teams in the state. We’ve won our last four games. I think we’ve played well the (previous) two games against NMMI and Clayton, two good teams. …

“We’re going to get into it on Monday, the kids are ready to go … and I guess we’ll find out next Friday.”

The Bobcats’ road contest against the Eunice Cardinals is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.

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