Yes, Hondo’s six-man season came to an end at Lake Arthur on Oct. 28.
And yes, they lost to the Panthers 60-22 in the first round of the State six man playoffs.
But, the score was closer than the last time the teams played, and this was only a 33-22 game at halftime.
“The end score really doesn’t tell the story,” said Hondo coach Brandon Devine. “We were ahead of them in the first quarter, and we could tell they weren’t ready for that.
It was a tough loss to chew on, but we’re looking toward the future with it,“ he added.
Hondo (3-5) had a number of injuries to key players that cost them the game, as Lake Arthur (5-3) was able to take advantage of mistakes by the younger Eagles to pull away in the second half.
“We had no seniors or juniors on the field by the end of it,” Devine said. “We threw a couple of interceptions and couldn’t take care of the ball.
“But those young kids played hard and did their absolute best, to go against that big, strong Lake Arthur team,” he added.
While the season may have ended in defeat, there were several bright spots for the Eagles this season, including a paper-thin 64-63 defeat to San Jon, the unbeaten No. 2 team in the state.
There was also a respectable loss to Animas – just 16 points – the No. 1 team.
Devine said the youth will rise and make Hondo a powerhouse again.
“We’ve got a good plan for those younger kids for next year,” Devine said. “The junior high had a great season this year. If we can just get the personnel in the right place, and teach them the way they need to be taught, we’ll be successful again. No problem.”