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Youth football playoffs winding down

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Grizzly Damian Kern, left, evades Lobo Hunter Pritchett, Oct. 28, during the Pee Wee flag championship at White Mountain Athletic Complex.

RUIDOSO – A perfect season stayed perfect for the Pee Wee Lobos, Oct. 28, as they defeated the Grizzlies, 32-30, at White Mountain Athletic Complex.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Lil’ Grizzly Samuel Avila, right, avoids Lobo Isaiah Comanche, Oct. 28, during the Pee Wee flag championship at White Mountain Athletic Complex.

Lobos coach Jerod Pritchett said the team benefited from parents and kids working together.

“Parents brought the kids to practice, we had some good runners and good D,” Pritchett said.

The Lobos were lucky in that they had 12 players on the team, meaning Pritchett had the luxury of splitting things up between offense and defense.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Lobo Humberto Tijerina, right, runs side by side with teammate Hunter Pritchett, Oct. 28, during the Pee Wee flag championship at White Mountain Complex.

“Halfway through the year we switched them all around, so everyone had a chance to play offense and defense,” Pritchett said.

“These kids have been awesome. They’re a bunch of real Lobos, they’re bloodthirsty. But they’re some great kids, and the parents have been super helpful, bringing them to practice.”

The Grizzlies, as their name implies, are out of Carrizozo, part of an independent organization that has fielded teams at all levels in the Sierra Blanca League.

Grizzly coach Patrick Palomarez said it’s been exciting and rewarding to represent his town in this league.

“We’ve enjoyed it and had a lot of fun,” Palomarez said. “The kids have a lot of heart and we’re really proud of them.”

Unlike the Lobos, the Grizzlies had very few players on the roster, with only one standing on the sidelines during the contest.

“We lost a couple of kids during the season, but they kept going,” Palomarez said. “But they got it done.”

In the Junior Flag championship, the Warriors earned the trophy with a 24-6 victory over the Lobos.

Courtesy photo The 2017 Junior Flag champion Warriors.

Two more titles are to be decided Nov. 4 at W.D. Horton Stadium. Both the Major and Minor Ducks are looking to defend their titles from last season.

The Minor Ducks take on the Warriors at 2 p.m., while the Major Ducks face the Mud Dogs at 4 p.m.

In the semifinals, The Minor Ducks beat the Chiefs 36-6, while the Warriors beat the Grizzlies 14-6.

In the Major semifinals, the Ducks beat the Grizzlies, and the Mud Dogs beat the Tigers, both by 50-0 scores.

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