Hondo’s six man football team is in the playoffs, that much is certain.
How certain is it that they can make another trip to the state title game after winning two championships in a row? Well….
“We did this in 2012, losing to Dora and San Jon, and then played and beat both in the playoffs to get to the title game,” said Hondo coach Brandon Devine. “That’s what we’re believing, that we can make this happen.”
Hondo finished it’s abbreviated season last Friday with a 76-60 loss to Animas, and now have a bye week before the playoffs start thanks to the New Mexico School for the Deaf canceling their season and thus their final game against the Eagles.
Devine said the week off from play actually benefits his team, even though they’ve only played seven games this year.
“We’re sitting fifth right now, and we’re going to be playing a quarterfinal game in the playoffs,” Devine said. “Having this week to heal up a little bit, and add a few more wrinkles into our offense, we’re looking forward to it.”
The loss to Animas (6-0, 3-0 District 3) was actually a pretty close one by six-man standards. The Eagles (3-4, 1-2) were down by three touchdowns in the first quarter, then – in Devine’s words – played “three quarters of championship football.”
“We fought real hard and came back up on them. We left knowing that we’ll be able to get better going into the playoffs,” Devine said. “I still think the championship could be anybody’s right now.”
A look at Hondo’s game history proves he might be right. Animas and San Jon are sitting at one and two in the state right now, and the Eagles lost to San Jon 64-63 in the second game of the season.
One of Hondo’s wins was over No. 5 Floyd, a four-point squeaker.
“This has been a hard-fought season and there’s a lot of great teams out there we have to compete with for a spot,” Devine said. “We’re anxious to get into those playoffs and try to make another run to get into that big game.”