Coach Ryan Autrey of Texico runs plays with the Wolverines during practice Wednesday. Texico plays against the Carlsbad junior varsity tonight on the road.
Texico coach Mike Prokop doesn’t know for sure what to expect from tonight’s opponent, the Carlsbad junior varsity.
For one thing, there’s no film available on the Cavemen’s games. For another, you can’t be sure who might or might not suit out.
The teams play at 7 p.m. today in Carlsbad.
“I don’t know what to get ready for,” said Prokop, whose squad blanked the Cavemen 39-0 last year in Texico. “Hopefully, we can make adjustments when we get there.”
The Wolverines (4-1) have won four straight since losing 13-0 in their opener at Dexter. In fact, they are two seconds away from four consecutive shutouts — Hagerman scored at the tail end of last week’s 40-7 blowout.
Prokop, whose team had a long shutout streak several years back en route to a state title, is just as happy the shutout streak ended when it did.
“We’ve just got to keep getting better,” Prokop said. “Our execution level is still not consistent.
“What’s good about Carlsbad is they run a spread offense, and Capitan (next week’s opponent) runs the same thing.”
Junior quarterback-linebacker Brett Anderson admitted he was a bit disappointed when Hagerman broke up the shutout run, but said the team has bigger fish to fry.
“All we’re worried about this week is our execution,” he said. “Since it’s not a team you can scout, we’ve just got to go in there and play our game.”
The Wolverines anticipate the Cavemen, who have a varsity game on tap against Highland on Saturday in Albuquerque, may put out a little stronger squad tonight than they did a year ago at Texico.
“We’re expecting they’ll probably bring down a few more kids because they’re at home,” Anderson said. “We’re trying to get ready for anything.”
With district play starting Oct. 19 against Santa Rosa, Prokop would like to see his team challenged tonight.
“We’re expecting them to be well-coached and get after us,” he said. “Hopefully, it’ll be a physical game because that’s what we have to get ready for in two weeks.”