By Ryan Lengeric
House first year head coach Justin Foust talked with his team for more than an hour in the locker room after 64-16 loss to district Rival Logan Oct. 11.
They talked about what they needed to do to win games and the realistic chances that despite the loss, the Cowboys could make the playoffs for the first time in school history with a win against the New Mexico School for the Deaf.
House (2-4) won their second district game Thursday in a 56-6 route of NMSD. The win all but assures the Cowboys the team’s first ever place in the state football playoffs.
House’s fate rest in the hands of rival Logan. If the Longhorns win at Roy Oct. 24 or lose by less than five points, House lands a playoff spot.
A Logan slip against Roy would create a three way tie for first place between House, Roy and Logan. House defeated Roy in week three.
“I don’t think Roy has the athletes to keep up with Logan,” said Foust.
Foust is reluctant to take credit for his team’s success this season.
“I think it is more the kids, they come out and work hard and do what we ask,” the 21-year-old coach said. “They are mature enough to know that when they don’t work hard things won’t go well.”
Foust said if Logan wins and his team gets in the playoffs, they are likely to play the winner of the Floyd and Melrose game. Foust has no preference for a playoff opponent.
“We have done everything we need to do to get in,” he said.
“If we can keep this up and keep building and have no setbacks, I don’t care who we play.”
Senior quarterback Jordan Jennings threw six touchdowns and ran for one in the win against NMSD. Junior Nathan Foust caught three of those touchdown passes and junior Jon Widmard added a 60 yard touchdown pass also.
“They could not stop our passing game,” Foust said. “We scored on the third play from scrimmage and the fifth play and never looked back.”
The Cowboys will finish the season against San Jon, a first year team. The game against the Coyotes will not count against district standings because first year teams play on a probationary period until the second year when they enter the conference.
But Foust said the bad blood between House and San Jon has already been set thanks in part to the rivalry the two teams share in other sports. Foust said San Jon has improved throughout the season and he is expecting a tough game.
“It is an extra special game to finish up against San Jon,” he said.