Nearly a week after hitting the century mark, Texico coach Mike Prokop still isn’t sure how he’d avoid it.
“I’m still scratching my head, trying to figure out what to do (if it happens again),” Prokop said of Texico’s 101-0 blowout over Loving Friday night.
The score is tied for the second-highest in state 11-man history, and the first team to reach 100 points in 84 years, according to New Mexico Activities Association records.
Deming defeated Tularosa 124-0 in 1923, and Albuquerque defeated Santa Fe 101-0 in 1916.
The New Mexico Activities Association has no mercy-rule for 11-man football, other than the running clock in the second half when one team leads by 35 or more. A six-man game ends via mercy rule when a team takes a 45-point lead in the second half.
Texico scored on its first eight drives — all one-play drives — and led 54-0 going into the half. Prokop thought the running clock would help matters.
“We made mistakes,” Loving coach Ron Dupree said. “We didn’t help them keep the score down any. We tried to run the ball. We were trying to smash-mouth and make first downs.”
The talent gap was evident between the Class 1A Falcons and the Wolverines, last year’s Class 2A runnerup. Loving has 20 freshmen and sophomores on its 33-man roster, and Dupree said he’s already played 18 of them — including a 5-foot-4, 144-pound tailback who runs a 40-yard time of 5.2 seconds.
Whether or not Texico (2-0) was running up the score, Dupree said he’s been coaching too long to care.
But the former Division II and NAIA coach said he watched game film and saw Texico starters playing late in the game, and said people could draw their own conclusions.
Dupree is in his first year at Loving. The Falcons are 0-3.
Prokop said the Wolverines weren’t running up the score, though he knows he’ll always be questioned.
“People who weren’t there are going to second-guess you,” Prokop said. “In no way were we trying to (run up the score). The score was no indication of how the game went.”
Prokop said reserves — mostly freshmen and sophomores — played most of the second half.
Prokop said taking a knee on offensive plays to stop from scoring wouldn’t be fair to younger players when they work just as hard in practice as varsity members.
“They’re trying to play,” Prokop said. “This is probably their first opportunity to play in a varsity-level game. We don’t have a JV team, we don’t have a freshman team.”
The teams are under a two-year contract, and are scheduled to play each other in 2009.