Mescalero’s eight-man football game against Springer came to an odd end, Sept. 15, when the Red Devils had to forfeit due to a lack of players.
By that point, Springer trailed 28-6, so it wasn’t exactly a close contest. But when the Chiefs (3-1) put some hard hits on Springer’s younger players and quite literally knocked them out of the game with 11:10 left in the fourth quarter.
“They took some pretty good hits and they had to come out,” said Mescalero coach Leonard Velasquez. “Unfortunatley they brought 13 high school kids, there were some middle school kids that played in the middle school game and weren’t allowed to play in the varsity game.
“That left them with seven players on the field, and they elected not to keep playing,” he added.
Whether the Red Devils (0-3) were allowed to play their eighth graders or not, the Chiefs showed that it didn’t matter, leading 20-6 at halftime.
Aloysius Comanche scored Mescalero’s first touchdown on an 80-yard fumble return, while Sebastian Chino and Matias Lapaz caught scoring passes for 65 and 42 yards.
It wasn’t just big plays, though. The final score of the night came on a 1-yard run by Dominic Chee to cap a much more traditional drive.
“Our offensive line was basically rookies, and we’re young,” Velasquez said. “They had a tough time early in the first half, but we made adjustments at halftime, and they did a much better job. They just had to grow up quick.”
Next up for Mescalero is Mountainair, a team that handed Cloudcroft its first loss last week.
“We had the same record at this time last year as well. We’re on track with my goal for pre-district,” Velasquez said. “Our district isn’t as strong as it was last year, so I think we’re in a good spot. It could be interesting.”