Thursday, September 23, 2010

Steers Drop Home Opener

The Magdalena football team had its home opener under the lights but it fell to Ramah 54-0 Friday night.
“They are not as good as Escalante,” Magdalena coach Manny Marquez said.
The Steers also were without tailback Dan Hand, who twisted his knee in practice last week and will be out for Friday’s game at McCurdy in Espanola. That game has been moved from 7 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“Overall, we played better and our tackling was better,” Marquez said. “We are three weeks behind and we are improving. None of these games will be easy. I am hoping we can play some of these other teams closer.”
Marquez said he has scouted McCurdy. “They are good but they don’t compare to Escalante (the Steers lost to Escalante 62-6 in the opener),” Marquez said. “McCurdy is a pretty good team and they have some big boys.
“They run the I formation and they send out four receivers for passes. We need to work on our pass defense because we have been giving up some easy ones.”
The game against Ramah on Friday night was over because of the mercy rule at halftime.
“They were disappointed they only played a half but they were up this past week,” Marquez said. “I will talk to them today and we will keep working hard.We will stick it out and improve each week. We will be all right.”
Marquez said one positive came out of the Ramah game.
“We had a real good drive. We drove from our 30 to their 20. Then we had two penalties. I was hoping we would have scored,” he said.

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