Texico senior running back Chris Phillips tries to get around Capitan junior Tieree Jackson during the second half of their Class 1A quarterfinal game Saturday in Texico. Texico defeated Capitan 68-6. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)
John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer
TEXICO — After the first quarter, the only thing left in doubt was whether or not the arms of the Texico cheerleaders — who had to do pushups after every Wolverine score — would hold up.
Senior running backs Johnny Serrano and Chris Phillips kept the Texico cheerleaders as busy with pushups as Army recruits and the top-ranked Wolverines rolled to a 68-6 win over Capitan in the first round of the Class 1A state football playoffs.
With the Wolverine offensive line opening up the gaping holes, Serrano rushed for 202 yards and Phillips added 130 as Texico ran up 526 yards against an overmatched Capitan defense.
“Our offensive line was great,” Serrano said.
Six Wolverines finished with more rushing yards than the Tigers did as a team.
“With the backs we have back there, they make us look very good,” Texico coach Mike Prokop said.
Texico (10-0) scored a touchdown on every possession while limiting the Tigers (3-7) to just 80 yards, including 21 on the ground.
Most of Texico’s drives were short as the Wolverines kept Capitan pinned in its own end.
The Wolverines started all of their first-half drives within at least 10 yards of midfield.
“This is one of the finest teams I’ve seen,” Capitan coach Ed Davis said.
Serrano, Phillips and quarterback Braden Vaughan each ran for two touchdowns for the defending state champions. Zane Anderson rushed for a touchdown and also hit Tony Clement for a 20-yard touchdown score in the fourth to seal the scoring.
“They got in there, and we didn’t lose much,” Prokop said of the backups, who played most of the third and fourth quarters.
Part of the second quarter and all of the second half was played with a running clock.
Capitan’s lone score was a 34-yard touchdown pass from Tieree Jackson to a wide-open Matthew Davis down the middle of the field late in the first half.
The Tigers had won their last two games to earn a berth out of District 4-A.
“Our goal was to make it to the playoffs and we did that,” Davis said. “Hopefully we learned something from this game.”
Texico hosts Fort Sumner at 7 p.m. Friday in a matchup of teams that combined to win the last three 1A state titles.
The Foxes crushed Navajo Pine 61-14 Saturday at home.