One team in Quay County will be playing football this week as the San Jon Coyotes lost Saturday in the first round of the six-man state playoff and the Tucumcari Rattlers await the 2A state seeding.
The District 1 8-man champions Logan Longhorns will travel Friday to Tatum for the first round in state play.
“Our team’s confidence is a lot higher than the first time we met,” Longhorns head coach Kene Terry said.
Terry said the team has made huge strides since their first meeting with the Coyotes in week two, a 40-16 loss.
“The team is communicating well with each other on the field,” Terry said. “The team is finally seeing the game as I do.”
Terry said the team is now recognizing coverage or a defensive formation when they get to the line.
“Last time we were just two weeks in to the season,” said defensive lineman Jacob Gudgell. “We had some dumb penalties and our blocking was an issue. We’ve come a long way since then, and we look to take care of business.”
Terry said limiting time the Coyotes offense are on the field will be a factor in Friday’s game.
“Coach (Gary) Durham is on of the best in the state at controlling the tempo of the game,” Terry said. “Once he establishes a tempo it’s hard to break.”
Quarterback Hayes Frost said the team needs to concentrate on executing their offense, pick up the blocks and play with their hearts every second of the game.
“Last time we were undisciplined,” Frost said. “We mainly beat ourselves. This time, we are going to limit the mistakes and keep them from making a big play.”