Foxes chasing district title, top seed
Published: Friday, November 2nd, 2007
Two-time defending champion Fort Sumner knows it will make the Class 1A playoffs. Tonight, the Foxes will try to clinch the District 2-1A title and perhaps a No. 1 playoff seed when they travel to Clayton for a 7 p.m. matchup. It also happens to be a rematch of last year’s state title game, won by Fort Sumner 14-3. “Obviously, the big goal for our kids is to try to three-peat,” said coach Dexter McDaniel, noting that the Foxes (8-1, 1-0 district) have won seven 1A titles in the last 11 years, but never have they put together three in a row. “The kids have been working hard for that.” Fort Sumner is used to going deep into the playoffs, most years reaching the finals. The idea of doing something the program hasn’t accomplished helps the players focus. “That’s something that kind of keeps us motivated,” said senior tight end-defensive end Jacob West. “I just think if we play hard we’ll have a good chance (tonight). I think it’ll be a good game.” Both teams handled Questa easily in district play, and McDaniel said his team isn’t in any position to take the Yellowjackets (6-3, 1-0) lightly. “They’ve got a good running game,” McDaniel said. “Our kids can’t become complacent. We’ve got to try to take care of business.” The top two teams in each of the three 1A districts will qualify for the playoffs, plus two at-large teams. The state will be seed the teams over the weekend. The Foxes, who have had few problems this season other than in a 19-0 loss at Class 2A rival Santa Rosa, appear to be as healthy as they’ve been in a while. Standout senior running back Cass Dimitroff, who suffered a broken hand in warmups before the Santa Rosa tilt and hasn’t played since that night, is scheduled to return for this game, McDaniel said. “He’s a great athlete and a great kid,” McDaniel said. “He’s a big part of our team, and we’re happy to get him back.” Among other area games tonight, Muleshoe travels to Bushland in a battle for the Texas District 2-2A lead, Bovina and Farwell clash in a key District 4-1A game and Melrose hopes to lock up the 8-man District 4 championship when it plays at Logan.
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