Texico football coach Mike Prokop gives his team a pep talk at the end of practice. The Wolverines travel to Tucumcari today to take on the Rattlers in a District 2-2A contest.
TEXICO — Texico football coach Mike Prokop hopes the Wolverines can leave last week’s 26-7 loss behind them.
He figures they’ll have to do that when Texico travels to Tucumcari for its second and final game in District 2-2A.
“They’re big and fast,” Prokop said of the Rattlers (5-3), who are playing their district opener. “They’ve got a good quarterback, three good running backs and a good receiver.”
Texico (6-2) had won six in a row before last week’s loss. The Wolverines are currently ranked fifth in the Albuquerque Journal’s Class 2A poll, one notch ahead of Tucumcari and two slots behind Santa Rosa.
Senior tight end-linebacker Casey Crist said the Wolverines will have to deal with the Rattlers’ overall size.
“We can’t be intimidated, for sure,” Crist said. “We’re going to have to play hard for all four quarters.”
Tucumcari and Texico have had several tight battles over the years, including last season when the Rattlers won 15-12 on a field goal in overtime.
“It’s always been close,” Crist said of the rivalry. “We feel like we owe them.
“We definitely want to win this week. We don’t want to finish last in our own district.”
Texico, which has an open date next week, is in an interesting situation. If the Wolverines get one of the top four seeds in the 12-team playoffs, they would get a first-round bye — meaning they might not play for three weeks.
“I was kind of concerned about that, but I think it’s going to work out all right for us,” Prokop said.
If that happens, Crist said the Wolverines will just have to deal with it.
“We’ll have to just stay focused and keep practices intense,” he said.
The main thing, though, is to get back on track after five turnovers last week helped seal Texico’s doom.
“We don’t want to lose two in a row,” Crist said. “We want to get one of the upper seeds in the playoffs.”