When you have a young and inexperienced football team, you can expect to earn some bumps and bruises.
That’s exactly what Hondo’s six-man team got, Oct. 6, in a 52-0 loss at Reserve.
Coach Isaac Polaco said things have been worse since the Eagles (1-5, 0-2 District 2) lost some of their more seasoned veterans from the beginning of the year.
“Reserve had 10 seniors, and the oldest kid we had was a junior,” Polaco said. “The rest were freshmen and eighth graders.”
Hondo doesn’t exactly have the numbers, either. There was a junior high game before the varsity contest on Friday, and Polaco had 11 players – junior high and high school – for both games.
Polaco had only five players on the field in the second half of the junior high contest so he could play some of his eighth graders in the high school game.
“They had to fight going against some big boys,” Polaco said. “Coaches and fans from Reserve complimented us on how the boys never gave up.”
This week is the last regular season game, a home match against Animas, a team Polaco considers to be the best six-man team in the state.
“This is a rebuilding year for us, and Animas will be tough,” Polaco said. “We’re having to rely on the younger kids pulling their weight.”