Texico defenders swarm to the football to stop Laguna-Acoma junior running back Colton Baca during Saturday’s Class 2A first-round playoff game in Texico. The Wolverines advanced to the quarterfinals with a 41-0 win.
TEXICO — It took the Texico Wolverines a little while to get rolling Saturday, but heck, they were just glad to be playing.
Coming off a bye week, and only playing because they were seeded fifth instead of in the top four, Texico got two touchdown runs from junior Mario Posada and two touchdown passes from junior Brett Anderson in a 41-0 rout of 12th-seeded Laguna-Acoma.
Texico coach Mike Prokop said he thought it was actually better for his team to have a game rather than have to sit out three weeks.
“We knew going in we needed to play,” he said. “You can’t fool kids; they watched the tape. We knew Laguna-Acoma would have to play above their heads to win.”
Texico (8-2) travels to fourth-seeded Tularosa (7-3) for a 2 p.m. quarterfinal game on Saturday.
Posada capped the Wolverines’ first possession with a 10-yard TD run. He then added a 63-yarder for the game’s only score of the second half, which was played with a running clock after Texico built a 35-0 halftime lead.
“We were just ready to play,” said Posada, who finished with 98 yards on just five caries. “We had some bumps and we could’ve played better, but we pulled it out.”
After Jonathan Sullivan recovered a Hawks fumble, Anderson hit Courtland Luscombe for a 52-yard touchdown on the next play to make it 14-0 in the final minute of the opening quarter. The Wolverines then tacked on three TDs in the second quarter, capped by Anderson’s 79-yard TD pass to senior Casey Crist with six seconds left.
“We knew they were quick,” Hawks coach Ray Manly said. “We knew it was going to be tough. It was something we had to fight all day.”
Texico’s defense collected five quarterback sacks for a total of 42 yards. The Wolverines held Laguna-Acoma to minus-15 yards rushing and just 50 total yards.
Meantime, Texico finished with 410 total yards.
Posada said the Wolverines are looking forward to the trip to Tularosa.
“We’re ready for them,” he said. “We just need to play better and be able to read our keys, and we’ll be in it.”
Prokop said his team will have to pick up its intensity against the Wildcats.
“It’s going to be a good game,” he said. “They’re like us in a lot of ways. We can’t make a lot of mistakes.”