Hondo’s season isn’t over yet.
After a 72-60 loss in what turned out to be their final regular season game at Animas on Oct. 14, the Eagle six-man football team had two weeks to wait and see if they’d be in the playoffs.
Actually, it wasn’t a question of if, but of what their seeding would be.
Now it’s official – Hondo is seeded fifth, and will play at Lake Arthur, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., in the first round.
Hondo (3-4) took on the Panthers in its third game of the season, falling 79-25.
It was a major letdown, as the Eagles were 1-1 at that point, having lost by a single point to San Jon – the No. 2 seed and still undefeated.
“We’ve been here before, sitting in a fifth seed and having to work back through teams we’ve lost to in the regular season,” said Hondo coach Brandon Devine. “When we played them (Lake Arthur) earlier in the season, we didn’t have a good game. That’s what it comes down to.”
So now the question is, which team will show up at Lake Arthur’s field this Friday, the team that lost big due to costly errors, or the team that won’t quit and can pull of the big victory?
Devine, obviously, is working to ensure the latter version plays this weekend, in an effort to get to its fourth-straight state championship game.
To do that, they’d have to get through undefeated Animas, seeded No. 1.
But first things first, the Eagles have to play – and beat – Lake Arthur.
“That’s what we’re working for, and I believe it could be a different end of the game situation,” Devine said. “I think we’ve overcome some of the obstacles we’ve had in the past. Hopefully we’ll be ready to go and play them as hard as we can.”