It’s official, Capitan’s football team is the District 4-3A champion, and the Tigers are the No. 2 seed in the Class 3A State playoffs.
Capitan earned all that with a 21-12 victory over Eunice in their regular season finale on Nov. 4, but it wasn’t as easy as the final score indicates.
Eunice got on the board first, taking a 6-0 lead into the second quarter. The Tigers (9-1, 4-0 district) answered before halftime, leading by just a point at 7-6.
That wasn’t too much of a surprise, as Eunice (6-5, 2-2) ended up being the fourth seed – also with a bye in the first round – in the playoffs.
“They are a very good team. They’re well coached and they have good athletes,” said Capiyan coach James Weems. “It’s good to go in and play with confidence, but we played a little differently than we normally do. We were leading at the half, but we just didn’t have everything put together mentally.”
After some second-half adjustments, Capitan was able to score twice in the third quarter and held off the Cardinals for the victory.
Now the Tigers have a week off from playing, with a bye in the first round of the playoffs and awaiting the outcome of the Newcomb at Raton contest.
Weems doesn’t know much about either team, but certainly hopes to get a very good idea when he and his staff travel to Raton this Saturday.
“We don’t know a whole lot about Newcomb, that’s one of those that we haven’t seen or heard a lot about,” Weems said. “I have some film on Raton, and they have some good size. Not a whole lot of team speed, but a couple of good athletes that we’ll end up keying on.
“We’ll get a good look at them when we go and scout,” he added. “Raton’s probably the better, team, but you never can tell.”