Texico running back Johnny Serrano attempts to hurdle a Loving defender during the second half of Friday’s game Friday night in Texico. Photo by Eric Kluth.
TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines play football with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.
Whether it was Johnny Serrano bowling over tacklers in the secondary or senior defensive ends Joe Zaikowski and John Nate Williams making life miserable on quarterbacks, the top-ranked Wolverines treated Loving like a punching bag.
Serrano rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns and the Texico extended its shutout string to 26 quarters en route to a 34-0 win Friday in the District 3-1A opener for both teams.
Serrano said an offensive adjustment helped get the Wolverines (7-0) going.
“We were looking to run outside, but they had a lot of speed. So we started to run inside and look for the cutback,” said Serrano, a tailback trapped in a fullback’s body.
“I love contact,” the stocky, 5-foot-7, 195-pound senior said. “Last year I was a fullback and I did a lot of blocking. I really like running over people, but as a tailback, I have to try and run away from people.”
Junior quarterback Braden Vaughan added 87 yards and a touchdown as Texico finished with 288 yards rushing.
Loving coach Jaime Ramirez said turnovers and field position made it nearly impossible for the Falcons (4-3) to get anything going on offense.”
“We never did really click,” Ramirez said. “We just got manhandled.”
The Falcons, who finished with more turnovers (six) than first downs (three), also lost starting quarterback Nathan Vasquez to a knee injury midway through the second quarter and the offense was never the same.
Junior Garrett Mayfield had a pair of interceptions for the Wolverines, who held Loving to 43 yards.
“We just played hard on every play and got after them,” said Williams, who finished with a sack and a fumble recovery.
The Wolverines took advantage of adventitious field position in the second half to put the game out of reach, scoring on drives of 40, 37, and 44 yards.
Serrano gave Texico a 21-0 lead on its first drive of the second half, twice spinning out of tacklers en route to an 18-yard score.
“That’s one of the best runs I’ve seen in a while,” Texico coach Mike Prokop said.