By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer
BOVINA WON ITS SECOND overtime game of the season Friday when it edged Springlake-Earth 27-20.
“We’ll take the wins, but golly,” Bovina coach Kent Torbert said. “The coaching staff is aging years in minutes.”
In the first overtime, Justin Castillo put Springlake-Earth up with a 3-yard run, but Bovina (4-2, 1-0 District 4-1A) blocked the extra point attempt.
On the Mustangs’ possession, sophomore Jacob Torbert — the coach’s son — answered with a 12-yard touchdown run. An extra point would win the game.
“We hadn’t missed an extra point all year,” the elder Torbert said. “So we figured we’d kick it through and go home.”
Springlake-Earth blocked the kick, and the game headed to another extra period.
The Mustangs drove down to the 1-yard line where Trent Quintana busted through for the touchdown.
This time, Bovina’s extra point was good, but it would not matter because the Mustangs kept Springlake-Earth out of the end zone.
Half of Bovina’s wins have been in overtime.
“Cardiac kids — I think that’s a good nickname for us,” coach Torbert said. “(In close games) they are real business like, real methodical. It’s like another day at the park.”
CLOVIS CHRISTIAN COACH Greg Darden said injuries and mental mistakes are hurting the Eagles during a three-game losing streak.
San Jon outscored Clovis Christian 62-52 Friday.
“We are beating ourselves,” Darden said. “We’ve had a few injuries, so we’ve got a lot of kids playing out of position.”
Even at 2-5 on the season, including 0-2 in six-man District 3, Darden said his team has played well.
“All in all, it’s been a pretty good year,” Darden said. “We didn’t meet our goals for the season, but we had our goals set pretty high.”
Darden said Tyler Shipman, Ryan Boatman, Dustin Handley, Eli Godwin and Ryan Schaap have been the team’s best players this season.
FORT SUMNER WILL BE nursing injuries when the Foxes start District 2-1A play this week.
“We need to heal up,” coach Dexter McDaniel said. “We’ve got about seven kids who are banged up right now.”
Banged up or not, Fort Sumner (5-2) put a 49-14 pounding on Loving on Friday night.
The Foxes generated 401 rushing yards, led by Ryan Fikany (179), Richard Canales (89) and Jeremy Gauna (82).
By the numbers:
1 — Completed passes Santa Rosa’s 33-0 win Friday at Texico — The teams rushed 91 times. Santa Rosa was 1 for 2 passing. Texico 0 for 6.
2 — Players with more than 100 rushing yards in Muleshoe’s 49-15 win over Levelland. Junior quarterback Brant Hamilton finished with 151 yards, while senior running back Brady Black had 102.
11 — Combined fumbles for Loving (6) and Fort Sumner (5) on Friday.
15 — Combined touchdowns for Melrose (10) and Tatum (5) in Friday’s 74-35 win for the Buffaloes.