By Nolberto Waddell
Copper Basin News
A big crowd, including their rivals from down the road, came out last Thursday to see this year’s version of the Lobo football team in their scrimmage against a powerful Roughrider football team from Pima High School.
The scrimmage turned out to be what the coaches expected. The Roughrider defense quickly displayed their power holding the Lobo offense in check in the first series of 10 plays. The Lobo defense returned the favor holding the powerful Pima offense out of the end zone in their first series. The Lobo defense showed they will be a tough team to handle especially the play of the linebackers.
The Pima team with their big number of players started wearing out a depleted Lobo team. With fresh players coming in on almost every play the Lobo defense finally started to show signs of fatigue, allowing Pima to score a couple of long touchdowns on a couple of no call infractions.
After 60 offensive plays by each team, it was now the turn of the young players to take the field. The Lobo freshman and sophomore players held their own in the 40 plays allowed them. Like the first team, the young Lobo offense had trouble getting going finally getting yardage in their second series. The young Lobos held their own in the first defensive series but finally succumbed to the Pima physical size in the second series allowing a couple of long runs.
Now it is time to get working on the start of regular season schedule that has a tough Mogollon High school football team coming to Hayden.
Mogollon is much like the Pima team: good physical size and strength with a couple of speedy running backs. It will be a difficult assignment for the Lobos but they are showing a BIG team spirit and are welcoming the challenge. The Lobos back down from nobody.
The contest between Hayden and Mogollon is on Friday, Aug. 30, with the kick-off set for 7 p.m.
The Lobos football team, Hayden High School student body and staff are collecting non-perishable food and personal hygiene products for care packages which will be sent to Hayden graduates serving overseas with our nation’s military. Donations will be collected at all football home games. Please help – these young men and women should not be forgotten.