The Hagerman Bobcats begin their season on Friday night shorthanded against the Capitan Tigers.
Only 22 players came out for football this season. Two of their key players suffered injuries in the scrimmage against Artesia, and with hardly no depth, it could be a long night against the Tigers.
But here is what they do have; they are defending district champions, and they have vengeance on their minds against the Tigers who ousted them in the state semis last year.
If there ever was underdog in a football game, it would be the Bobcats.
“We are definitely undersized,” said Hagerman head coach Casey Crandall. They (Capitan) do have three to four big kids. Their size is what really bothers me.”
The Bobcats may be little, but they are fast. The Bobcats will try to counter their speed against Capitan’s big boys.
“That is going to be the plan. We are going to try to force them in and flip the tables on them and get them to use a little bit of their speed,” said Crandall.
Hagerman quarterback Alejandro Ramos who threw to one of his favorite targets in Jose Bejarano last season won’t have him available for Friday.
Bejarano suffered a high ankle sprain in the scrimmage against Artesia last week.
Ramos may be running a lot more than he wants to against Capitan. However, he is fast and elusive enough that the Tigers may not be able to catch him or the Bobcats on Friday night.