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Monday, October 20, 2003

Bears get win, face big hurdle for playoff spot

The score was good, but the weekend overall wasn't so great for the Balmorhea Bears, despite their 52-6 victory Friday night in Dell City over the Cougars.

The Bears improved their District 6-A six-man record to 2-1 despite what coach Adolfo Garcia called a sub-par performance, while their hopes for a post-season berth were hurt by Friday's game in Fort Davis, when the Indians upset No. 2-ranked Sanderson, 64-54.

"Fort Davis made it bad for us. Even if we can beat Fort Davis we would be tied, but our district goes by head-to-head points," Garcia said. The Bears host the Indians in three weeks to close out the regular season, and barring any upsets between now and then, would have to beat Fort Davis by 17 points to win the three-way tie breaker for the second district playoff berth.

The Bears led throughout Friday's game, but couldn't put the Cougars away until the final period.

"We played absolutely terrible. We were really flat," Garcia said. "We had a lot of missed tackles. The kids just weren't up for this."

Garcia said Balmorhea scored to take the lead fairly early in the game, but "When they'd get the ball, they'd drive and drive and drive on us, before we'd stop them about the 10 or 20 yard line. Then we'd drive the ball the other way, but it would take forever to score."

"They shut us down pretty good on the run. We had to go to the pass to loosen them up a little, then that would open it up for some short runs," he said, adding that Dell City was able to use some screen passes to get their yardage against the Bears.

Alexis Lozano had a pair of touchdowns for Balmorhea, while Robbie Mendoza and Michael Dominguez also had TDs for the Bears.

The win improved Balmorhea's season record to 5-2, while Dell City falls to 1-3 in district and 3-4 on the season.

The Bears were scheduled to face the Buena Vista Longhorns at home this Friday, but the Longhorns were forced to cancel the district portion of their 2003 scheduled due to a lack of players. As a result, Garcia said Balmorhea would play a non-district game at home this Friday, against the El Paso School of Excellence, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The school is in its first year of six-man football, and has lost to district rivals Dell City and Grandfalls so far this season.

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