HONDO – As fast as Lake Arthur scored its first points of the Hondo-Lake Arthur game, Sept. 8, the halftime score wasn’t nearly as bad as some Eagle fans might have feared.
At the break, the Panthers were up 21-0, having been held to a single touchdown in the second quarter on a 33-yard pass from Adrian Guillen to Kyle Palmer.
But the Lake Arthur defense turned out to be even more potent, scoring four times on four touchdowns – all by Luis Tarango – on their way to a 54-12 rout.
“They came out tough, and we had some things we needed to do,” said Hondo coach Isaac Polaco. “There were some missed plays, missed blocks and turnovers. That’s how it happens.”
Tarango – in addition to three interceptions for touchdowns and a fumble recovery that was little more than him ripping the ball out of the hands of Gerardo Nunez – also scored on a 28-yard strike from Guillen in the first quarter.
Guillen had a terrific night too, passing for 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
As a team the Panthers (1-1) gained 247 yards total.
Hondo, meanwhile, had it rough offensively.
In addition to the four turnovers for scores, the Eagles (1-2) were held to just 42 yards on 26 carries.
The Eagles had 138 yards passing, but a majority of that was on a 65-yard reception for a score by Joseph Lucero in the waning seconds of the game.
“We did good also, picked one off on a deep pass,” Polaco said of Hondo’s other bright moments in the game. “We’ve got a bunch of young guys that need to adjust and get better. It’s a learning experience for them.”
Hondo has a week off from competition to get back in shape before starting District 2 play against Vaughn, Sept. 22, at Chavez Field.
“We had some guys go down with injury, but we have to put up the next young guys in that can go,” Polaco said. “We had two starters hurt, and we didn’t have big people to block for us. When you have eighth and ninth graders running the ball and expecting them to block, it can be tough.”
Notes: Lake Arthur actually had half as many first downs as the Eagles, but when four of your scores come off of turnovers, you don’t really need that many first downs, do you? . . . Hondo’s next opponent – Vaughn – is 2-1, their latest victory a 59-6 win over Roy/Mosquero on Friday.