Wolverines not looking past Eunice
Published: Tuesday, October 21st, 2003
THE TEXICO WOLVERINES have won 18 of 19 games over the last two seasons. The Eunice Cardinals ended a 19-game losing streak by beating Cloudcroft in their 2003 season opener, but have managed just a 2-6 record this year. That doesn’t mean Wolverines coach Mike Prokop is about to look past Friday’s District 3-1A opponent in a 7 p.m. matchup at Eunice. “They’re better than their record indicates,” Prokop said. “They’re just still awful young.” It wouldn’t seem the Wolverines (7-0), ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, have much to worry about, at least on paper. They’ve tallied at least 21 points in every game so far, and haven’t given up a score in 26 quarters. The only points they’ve allowed all season came on a second-quarter touchdown at Bovina in the opener. “Our kids understand that that’s not the measuring stick,” Prokop said of the shutout streak. “It comes down to whether you win or lose.” IF THE MULESHOE MULES are to extend their run of Class 3A playoff berths in Texas to seven, they need to get hot — and in a hurry. Muleshoe’s 22-15 loss to previously winless Brownfield last week put the Mules in a most tenuous position. They’re 0-2 with three games left, and need to finish third or better in six-team District 2. “Mathematically, we don’t have to win all three, but we probably do,” said eighth-year coach David Wood, who led the Mules to the 3A semifinals in 2000. “It’s not even a for-sure deal to get in if we win all three.” Muleshoe (2-5 overall) entertains Dimmitt (0-7, 0-2) this week, then visits district favorite Lubbock Cooper before closing out against Slaton, now coached by former Clovis and Muleshoe assistant Eddie Kilmer. The Mules have been hurt by an injury to senior quarterback-safety Landon Sheets (separated shoulder), who has seen limited duty the last several weeks. Sheets saw some duty at quarterback at Brownfield, but was held out on defense. “We’ve been struggling a little bit (at quarterback),” Wood said. “Landon would definitely be out there if he was healthy.” CLOVIS CHRISTIAN HAS A PAIR of games remaining on its football schedule — Friday against Floyd at 7 p.m. and Nov. 1 against Lake Arthur, both at Jim Hill Field. But, coach Greg Darden said, this week’s game may well turn out to be the Eagles’ finale. That’s because if Lake Arthur wins over Hondo on Saturday and thus qualifies for the six-man playoffs, the game here against the Panthers would be canceled. TEXICO AND GRADY COULD be headed for Monday matches on neutral courts to determine the champion in their respective volleyball districts. Texico and Estancia each have just one loss in District 6-2A — each won at home. Their playoff would be at Santa Rosa, Lady Spikers coach Mike Littlejohn said. Grady needs to beat House on Thursday in Grady. If the Cowgirls then win at Logan on Saturday, the Lady Bronchos and House would finish with identical 5-1 records in District 4-1A. If that happens, Grady coach Alicia Rush said, the teams would probably square off at Tucumcari for the regular-season title.
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