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Turnovers the key in Zozo win

By Todd Fuqua

One game, two teams, two coaches, two different ways of looking at Carrizozo’s 52-30 eight-man football win over Mescalero, Oct. 3.

“I thought we did real well,” said Mescalero coach Leonard Velasquez. “The bad part is we had seven or eight turnovers. Without those, it’s a completely different game.”

“I guess each side sees things different, there were a lot of turnovers,” said Carrizozo coach Dale Jackson. “From our vantage point, most of those were turnovers we caused. Things that we believe was good football on our part.”

Carrizozo (4-3, 1-0 District 3) had 470 yards of total offense on the night, while the special teams put together 100 yards.

Two of the turnovers for Carrizozo turned into touchdowns on the night.

“It was unfortunate, but our kids played real well,” Velasquez said. “We were down by just 10 at one point, but then they scored three quick touchdowns on us.”

Velasquez said the Chiefs (4-3, 1-0) weren’t that familiar with pressure situations in games in which they’re in striking distance to win.

“We’re trying to instill that confidence in them, when they’re in a close game like that,” Velasquez said. “When Carrizozo got those turnovers and scored, that played into it. We moved the ball real well, like we have all year.”

Both teams continue their district schedule this Friday, with Mescalero travelling to Alamo Navajo, while Carrizozo is at Magdalena.

Magdalena has the best record of anyone in the district at 5-1, but has yet to face a district opponent this season. The Steers beat Tatum 47-6 last week.

“We think we match up well with Magdalena, but our real goal is to have a strong finish to the season,” Jackson said.

“With Alamo Navajo, it’s hard to judge how they are,” said Velasquez of the 3-3 Cougars. “I think we’ll do well, but we still have to play the game.”

 

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