The Bobcats need a break.
The Ignacio High School football team will get one this week.
The Bobcats, who lost their third consecutive game Friday night 60-28 at Shiprock, will regroup this week as they prepare to host the Montezuma-Cortez junior varsity Saturday.
“We’re still missing a bunch of our kids,” Ignacio head coach Lupe Huerta said Saturday. “We’ve got freshmen playing because other freshmen are hurt.”
Shiprock, coached by longtime former Dolores coach Don Story, started quickly Friday night with a second-quarter scoring outburst and a 35-6 halftime lead.
Story, a regular in the Colorado playoffs in his 12 seasons at Dolores, orchestrated a number of big plays for the Chieftains, including a reverse for a touchdown by Hiram Gleason and several long runs by Collin Begay.
His defense pressured IHS quarterback Adison Jones early. Jones helped the Bobcats rally in the second half when they scored three times against the Chieftains.
“He (Adison) played very well. In a lot of cases, he had time, and the receivers couldn’t hold on,” Huerta said. The receiving corps has been beset by injuries.
“In the second half, we made some adjustments ... that got us going,” he said. “The kids kept fighting; these kids have no quit in them.”
He said Shiprock used its excellent speed on the outside just like the Dolores teams did under Story.
Shiprock now is 2-1.
Ignacio, after this week’s game against the Montezuma-Cortez JV, will prepare for its San Juan Basin League opener Sept. 28 at Monte Vista.
“It’s kind of patchwork for us right now. If I can get a couple of kids back this week and then a couple more for Monte Vista,” Huerta tailed off, dreaming of the Bobcats’ possibilities.