Thursday, November 5, 2009

Warriors clinch district football championship

By John Severance

In dramatic fashion, the Socorro football team clinched the district championship with a 26-21 win at Hatch Valley Oct. 30 when it scored with 19 seconds left.
The Warriors will honor their seniors Nov. 5 when they host Cobre. But there is a lot more on the line.
“We are the district champ no matter what happens,” Socorro coach Damian Ocampo said. “But as far as seeding goes for the state tournament, this game means a bunch.”
Ocampo said the Warriors fought through the mistakes they made against Hatch.
“The kids showed a lot of will, they competed and they didn’t quit,” Ocampo said. “Obviously, they made enough plays to win the ball game.”
Socorro (6-3, 2-0) trailed by eight points in the fourth quarter. The Warriors scored but missed the two-point conversion. The Warriors forced a fumble and then drove 83 yards for the winning score.
Ocampo is wary of Friday’s matchup with Cobre.
“They are one of the best teams in the state and they are solid across the board. Talent-wise, they probably in the top five in the state but they have had some issues,” Ocampo said.
“They lost their quarterback four weeks ago but probably will be back for us. They are super physical on offense. They spread you out and on defense they like to bring blitzes from every angle. They are tough and have nothing to lose.”
Before the game, the Warriors will honor their seniors who will be playing their final regular season game.
Socorro seniors include Clarence Barela, Joe Carilli, Sky Chadde, Brandon Garcia, Allen Gonzales, Leroy Lopez, Chris Rigel, Charles Savedra, Johny Sedillo, Derrick Vinson, Ryan Romero, Jose Alvarado, David Chavez, and Andrew Contreras.

Mag end season with loss
Magdalena finished its regular season with a 3-6 overall record and 0-2 district mark when it fell at home to Animas 52-14 Oct.30.
Animas won the district and Reserve, which had a bye week, was the district runner-up.
It was senior night for the Steers. Honorees included Robbie Zamora, Nathan Apache, Bryce Milligan, Gerardo Romero, Reggie Peralto, Nicholas Padilla, Tedmund Apachito and William Guin.
Reserve, meanwhile, received a fourth seed in the state tournament and it will travel to Mountainair at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.
“It is about what I expected,” Reserve coach Don Cole said. “We are on the Melrose side of the bracket and they have not lost in two years. But in order to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

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