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Big second half propels Hondo to victory

By Todd Fuqua

At the break in their season opener at Roy/Mosquero, the Hondo Eagle football team found itself trailing 19-6.

By the time the game was called due to lightning in the fourth quarter, the Eagles had a 51-19 win.

Coach Isaac Polaco said it just took some coordination on his team’s part to get things going in the right direction.

“I would have liked to see more points earlier, we just have to play more as a team,” Polaco said. “Most of our points came from defense, turnovers and taking advantage of them.”

Polaco wouldn’t single out any one kid – he said they all contributed something to the win.

But he was still adamant the Eagles need to work harder to coordinate a victory instead of depending on a lot of individual performances for success.

“We also need to work on playing well for all four quarters,” Polaco said. “We need to play the first half like we did in the second.”

Next up for Hondo (1-0) is Grady/San Jon, a team that was supposed to start its season Friday against Vaughn.

But the Vaughn Eagles – a district opponent of Hondo’s, cancelled the game, meaning Grady/San Jon will open its State-championship-defending season on Sept. 1 against the Lincoln County Eagles.

“They’re usually big and strong,” Polaco said of the Coyotes. “We have to get real good on our focus and technical stuff to make things go our way.”

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