Texico senior Johnny Serrano breaks through the tackle of Fort Sumner senior Tim Segura during the second half of their Class 1A semifinal game Friday in Texico. Texico defeated Fort Sumner 42-0. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth
By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer
TEXICO — Neither rain nor fumbles nor an eight-men front could stop Texico in Friday’s 42-0 win over Fort Sumner in the semifinals of the Class 1A playoffs.
The senior running back duo of Chris Phillips and Johnny Serrano combined for 235 yards and five touchdowns as Texico (11-0) extended its winning streak to 23 games.
The defending state champions face the winner of Saturday’s Questa and Cloudcroft game in the championship game next week.
The Foxes had eight or nine men up near the line of scrimmage on defense, but the Wolverines still rushed for 347 yards.
Phillips rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns and Serrano added 135 yards and two scores.
Junior quarterback Derek Dimitroff led the Foxes (8-4) with 26 yards rushing and caught a screen pass for 51 yards.
Both teams had trouble holding onto the ball in the wet and cold, as the Wolverines fumbled the ball away twice and also threw an interception. Texico picked off three Fox passes, including two by senior linebacker Logan Brown.