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A Tough, But Hard-Fought Homecoming Loss for Cougar Football

It was a tough loss for our Cougar varsity football team, when they fell to the Permian Basin Renegades in the Homecoming game Saturday, Sept. 25, at Schulze Field.


The Cougars had bright moments in the game – including some impressive defensive play – but couldn't string together a consistent performance. Indeed, the Cougars got in their own way in the home field contest, as Coach Joe Czubinski said.


“We would have a couple of good plays,” Coach Ski said, “and then a bad one – that would cost us a touchdown. We'd miss a block here, not contain there, not run at full speed – mistakes that we weren't making in practice.”


Though it may have been a “disappointing result,” as Coach Ski said, the Cougar squad didn't get “45'ed” – as six-man watchers had predicted – but held in for the full duration – a testament to the team's grit. The Renegades' coach called the Cougars together after the game – to praise their fighting spirit and their will.


Reyes Espinoza led the Cougars in rushing – with 49 yards – and in tackles, with six, and scored the team's lone touchdown, on a fumble recovery. Luis Ayala had a fumble recovery himself, as well as three receptions, three tackles, a sack – and a successful extra-point kick for the team. Eli Tate had four tackles and a sack. Esteban Morales had one reception, four tackles and an interception. Iris Ayala had one reception, for nine yards, and a tackle, and Joe Acosta had two rushes for 16 yards and two tackles.


The Cougar football game scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2, during the county fair, has been cancelled, but both the varsity and junior-high teams will travel to play Grandfalls-Royalty on Oct. 8. The two squads have their next home games – and their final games of the regular season – on Friday, Nov. 5, against Sierra Blanca. Go Cougars!